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Public Religion Research Institute. Nov. 25-30, 2014. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Please tell me if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly DISagree or completely disagree with the following statement: Blacks and other minorities receive equal treatment as whites in the criminal justice system."

 
    Completely
agree
Mostly
agree
Mostly
disagree
Completely
disagree
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

11/25-30/14

17 29 30 23 2

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 4-7, 2014. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/4-7/14

44 48 8    
 

7/7-10/14

47 46 7    
 

9/5-8/13

46 45 9    
 

7/10-14/13

43 46 11    
 

9/6-9/12

49 40 11    
 

7/9-12/12

46 45 9    
 

9/8-11/11

46 40 14    
 

9/13-16/10

51 39 10    
 

8/31 - 9/2/09

61 28 11    
 

6/14-17/09

59 30 11    
 

9/8-11/08

50 39 11    
 

6/9-12/08

48 38 14    
 

9/14-16/07

51 39 10    
 

5/10-13/07

51 36 13    
 

9/7-10/06

60 32 8    
 

9/12-15/05

56 36 8    
 

6/24-26/05

42 48 10    
 

9/13-15/04

51 39 10    
 

9/8-10/03

52 38 10    
 

7/7-9/03

59 33 8    
 

9/5-8/02

60 29 11    
 

9/7-10/01

58 28 14    
 

6/11-17/01

62 25 13    
 

1/10-14/01

59 34 7    
 

8/29 - 9/5/00

62 29 9    
             

"In general, do you think the current Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?"

 
    Too
liberal
Too
conservative
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/4-7/14

30 24 43 4  
 

9/5-8/13

30 23 41 6  
 

9/6-9/12

27 23 44 7  
 

9/8-11/11

31 20 42 7  
 

7/27 - 8/1/10

32 19 43 6  
 

8/31 - 9/2/09

28 19 50 3  
 

9/8-11/08

21 30 43 6  
 

9/14-16/07

21 32 43 5  
 

9/7-10/06

21 31 43 6  
 

9/12-15/05

25 25 45 5  
 

9/13-15/04

28 27 40 5  
 

9/8-10/03

31 25 39 5  
 

9/7-10/01

22 25 46 7  
 

7/7-9/95

31 20 41 8  
 

6/18-21/93

22 24 45 9  

 

Pew Research Center. April 23-27, 2014. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Would you say your overall opinion of the Supreme Court is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

 
    Very/Mostly
favorable
Mostly/Very
unfavorable
Never
heard of
(vol.)
Can't rate/
Refused
(vol.)
 
    % % % %  
 

4/23-27/14

56 35 - 9  
 

7/17-21/13

48 38 1 13  
 

3/13-17/13

52 31 2 15  
 

12/5-9/12

53 36 1 10  
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

51 37 1 11  
 

4/4-15/12

52 29 - 18  
 

7/1-3 & 5/10

58 25 1 16  
 

2/3-9/10

58 27 - 15  
 

3/31 - 4/6/09

64 21 0 15  
 

4/08

65 25 - 10  
 

7/07

57 29 0 14  
 

1/07

72 17 2 9  
 

7/06

63 27 1 9  
 

2/06

60 28 - 12  
             

"Thinking about the Supreme Court: In your view, do you think the current Supreme Court is conservative, middle of the road, or liberal?"

 
    Conservative Middle of
the road
Liberal Unsure/
Refused
(vol.)
 
    % % % %  
 

4/23-27/14

25 35 31 8  
 

7/17-21/13

23 42 26 9  
 

3/13-17/13

22 40 24 14  
 

6/28 - 7/9/12

24 41 23 12  
 

7/1-3 & 5/10

23 39 23 14  
 

4/21-26/10

24 36 24 16  
 

7/07

36 35 14 15  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). July 17-21, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"In general, do you the U.S. Supreme Court is too liberal or too conservative in its decisions?"

 
    Too
liberal
Too
conservative
About
right (vol.)
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/17-21/13

40 38 9 3 10
 

4/13-17/12

33 35 11 5 16
 

5/92

28 54 4 5 9

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. June 28-July 8, 2013. N=2,014 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.2.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Supreme Court is handling its job?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

45 44 11    
 

7/1-8/12

47 41 12    
 

4/11-17/12

52 31 18    
 

4/14-19/10

49 33 18    
 

5/26 - 6/1/09

62 22 16    
 

7/8-13/08

39 43 18    
 

8/7-13/07

45 37 17    
 

4/25 - 5/1/07

58 27 15    
 

11/28 - 12/4/05

50 32 17    
 

7/21-25/05

50 39 11    
 

5/18-23/05

44 39 17    
 

12/7-12/04

50 33 17    
 

2/26 - 3/3/03

56 27 16    
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Roberts is handling his job as chief justice of the Supreme Court?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/8/13

38 31 31    
 

7/1-8/12

46 34 20    
 

4/14-19/10

49 21 30    

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 27-30, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/27-30/13

43 44 13    
             

"In general, do you think the current Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?"

 
    Too
liberal
Too
conservative
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/27-30/13

31 21 37 11  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-13/13

48 48 4    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

53 43 4    
 

4/13-15/12

50 41 9    

 

Public Religion Research Institute. May 15-19, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"When the Supreme Court decides an important constitutional case, should it only consider the legal issues, or should it also consider what the majority of the public thinks about that subject?"

 
    Only legal
issues
Public
opinion, too
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

5/15-19/13

47 45 3 5  
             

"In general, how much do you think the Supreme Court justices are influenced by their own political views when making their decisions: a lot, a little, or not at all?"

 
    A lot A little Not at all Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/15-19/13

55 32 8 1 4
             

"And how much do you think Supreme Court justices are influenced by their own religious beliefs when making their decisions: a lot, a little, or not at all?"

 
    A lot A little Not at all Depends
(vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

5/15-19/13

37 44 15 1 4

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 25-29, 2013. N=1,471 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"In general, do you think terrorist suspects should be tried in civilian courts or military courts?"

 
    Civilian
courts
Military
courts
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

30 58 12    
             

"Do you think the American criminal justice system is capable of dealing with terrorism or do you believe it allows terrorist suspects too many rights?"

 
    Capable Too many
rights
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

35 53 13    

 

CBS News Poll. March 20-24, 2013. N=1,181 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/20-24/13

44 38 18    
 

7/11-16/12

41 41 18    
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

44 36 20    
             

"When the Supreme Court decides an important constitutional case, should it only consider the legal issues, or should it also consider what the majority of the public thinks about that subject?"

 
    Legal
issues only
Public
opinion, too
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/20-24/13

46 45 5 4  
 

7/29 - 8/2/05

49 42 4 5  
 

7/13-14/05

48 46 3 3  
 

9/87

32 60 4 4  

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). March 17-19, 2013. N=1,002 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.
2010 & earlier: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp. LV = likely voters.

             

"Do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea to allow television coverage of sessions of the U.S. Supreme Court?"

 
    Good idea Bad idea Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/17-19/13

77 18 5    
 
 

5/4-5/10

69 22 9    
 

9/26-27/06 LV

63 25 13    
 

4/4-5/06

70 18 11    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). July 15-17, 2012. N=901 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.
2006: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Supreme Court of the United States is doing?"
2006: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job the United States Supreme Court is doing?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/15-17/12

45 45 10    
 

4/9-11/12

48 33 19    
 
 

1/24-25/06

50 30 20    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 28-July 1, 2012. N=1,517 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"We'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts."

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Heard of/
No opinion
Never
heard of
 
    % % % %  
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

41 24 14 21  
 

Democrats

51 12 14 23  
 

Independents

39 26 13 22  
 

Republicans

30 38 16 16  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

53 43 4    
 

Democrats

73 24 3    
 

Independents

53 43 5    
 

Republicans

31 65 4    
             

"In general, do you think the current Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?"

 
    Too
liberal
Too
conservative
About
right
No opinion  
    % % % %  
 

6/28 - 7/1/12

30 22 46 2  
 

Democrats

6 35 58 1  
 

Independents

31 22 45 2  
 

Republicans

59 7 32 2  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 31-June 3, 2012. N=976 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"In general, do you think the current U.S. Supreme Court Justices decide their cases based on legal analysis without regard to their own personal or political views, or do you think they sometimes let their own personal or political views influence their decisions?"

 
    Just legal
analysis
Personal,
political
views
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

13 76 4 7  
             

"Which opinion comes closer to your own? Appointing Supreme Court justices for life is a good thing because it helps keep them independent from political pressures. OR, Appointing Supreme Court justices for life is a bad thing because it gives them too much power."

 
    A good thing A bad thing Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/31 - 6/3/12

33 60 7    

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). April 9-11, 2012. N=910 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.
2010 & earlier: Conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corp.

             

"Do you think the United States Supreme Court is generally too liberal, too conservative, or about right in its decisions?"

 
    Too
liberal
Too
conservative
About
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/9-11/12

26 21 45 8  
 
 

4/20-21/10

27 16 46 10  
 

1/24-25/06

28 17 42 13  
 

6/30 - 7/1/03

30 20 37 13  

 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 24-25, 2012. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think that the U.S. Supreme Court should or should not allow television cameras into their courtroom when they hear arguments in their cases?"

 
    Should
allow
Should not
allow
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-25/12

61 35 4    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Feb. 29-March 5, 2012. N=1,208 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

               

"I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? What about the U.S. Supreme Court?"

 
    A great
deal
Quite a lot Some Very little None (vol.) Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % % %
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

10 13 47 26 3 1
               

"Next, I'd like to ask you some questions about the U.S. Supreme Court. In general, do you think the current Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?"

 
    Too
liberal
Too
conservative
Just about
right
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % % %    
 

2/29 - 3/5/12

26 26 38 10    

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. Jan. 12-17, 2012. N=1,206 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Next I'd like to ask you some questions about the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the Supreme Court justices usually decide their cases based on legal analysis without regard to politics and ideology, or do you think they sometimes let their own ideological views influence their decisions?"

 
    Legal
analysis only
Sometimes
ideology
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/12-17/12

17 75 9    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 6, 2011. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4. Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"As you may know, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments next year on President Obama's health care law. Do you think that the Court should or should not allow television cameras into the courtroom when they hear arguments in this case?"

 
    Should
allow
Should
not allow
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/6/11

72 24 4    

 

Time Poll conducted by Abt SRBI. June 20-21, 2011. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What about the U.S. Supreme Court? In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/20-21/11

47 34 19    
             

"How closely would you say that you follow major decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or don't you really follow them at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/20-21/11

15 54 22 8 1
             

"Some people say that the courts should strictly follow the original intent of the founding fathers -- that the federal government should be permitted to do ONLY what's exactly spelled out in the Constitution or was the intent of the framers of the Constitution. Others say that times have changed and that the Court should interpret the Constitution based upon changes in society, technology, and the U.S. role in the world. Which comes closest to your view if you had to choose: only what's exactly spelled out in the Constitution, or interpretations based on changes in society?"

 
    Spelled out/
Intent of
the framers
Based on
changes in
society
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

6/20-21/11

41 54 4    
             

"Would you say that Supreme Court decisions over the past few years have been too conservative, too liberal, or about right?"

 
    Too
conservative
Too liberal About right Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/20-21/11

24 30 36 10  

 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard University. Sept. 22-Oct. 3, 2010. N=2,054 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.5.

             

"Do you think the U.S. Supreme Court should base its rulings on its understanding of what the U.S. Constitution meant as it was originally written, or should the court base its rulings on its understanding of what the U.S. Constitution means in current times?" Options rotated

 
    As it was
originally
written
What it means
in current
times
Somewhere
in between
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/22 - 10/3/10

50 46 1 3  
 

7/05

46 50 3 1  

 

AP-National Constitution Center Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Aug. 11-16, 2010. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"Do you think the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court have an impact on your daily life, or do you think that the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court don't really affect your daily life?"

 
    Have an
impact
Don't
really affect
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/11-16/10

72 26 2    
             

"Do you think the U.S. Supreme Court justices usually decide their cases based on legal analysis without regard to partisan politics, or do you think they sometimes let their own partisan political views influence their decisions?"

 
    Usually
legal analysis
Sometimes
political views
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

8/11-16/10

19 78 4    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 27-Aug. 1, 2010. N=1,208 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, Solicitor General Elena Kagan is the person nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Kagan serving on the Supreme Court, or not?"

 
    Vote
in favor
Not vote
in favor
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/27 - 8/1/10

46 36 18    
 

7/8-11/10

44 34 22    
 

5/24-25/10

46 32 22    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. July 16-21, 2010. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, Elena Kagan is the person nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Kagan serving on the Supreme Court, or not?"

 

    Vote in
favor
Not vote
in favor
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/16-21/10

54 34 12    
 

Democrats

76 12 12    
 

Independents

48 40 12    
 

Republicans

36 50 14    

 

 

6/16/10

44 39 17    
 

5/21-23/10

54 36 11    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 13-19, 2010. N=2,181 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.1.

             

"Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/13-19/10

46 34 20    
 

5/19-24/10

48 30 22    

 

CBS News Poll. July 9-12, 2010. N=966 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How closely would you say you have been following news about the appointment of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all closely?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all
closely
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/9-12/10

8 33 28 30 1
             

"What do you think right now? Should the Senate vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, or vote against Kagan, or can't you say?"

 
    Vote to
confirm
Vote against Can't say Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/9-12/10

21 19 53 7  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 7-11, 2010. N=1,288 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, Obama has nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/7-11/10

53 25 22    
 

6/3-6/10

58 24 18    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 29-30, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"I'm going to read you the names of several individuals. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one. If you've never heard of someone, please just say so. Elena Kagan."

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Can't say Never
heard of
 
    % % % %  
 

6/29-30/10

24 17 19 40  
             

"President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. If you were voting on Kagan's nomination, would you vote to confirm her or not?"

 
    Confirm Not confirm Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/29-30/10

38 36 26    
 

Democrats

64 12 25    
 

Republicans

12 61 27    
 

Independents

38 35 27    

 

 

5/18-19/10

39 29 33    
 

Democrats

57 11 32    
 

Republicans

21 51 28    
 

Independents

36 25 39    
             

"President Obama has already had the opportunity to fill two of the nine seats on the U.S. Supreme Court because of retirements. Four justices are currently over 70 years old. Would you rather they retire while President Obama is in office so he can nominate more justices, or would you rather they wait until his successor takes office and not give President Obama that opportunity?"

 
    Retire while
Obama in
office
Wait until
successor
takes office
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/29-30/10

34 54 13    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 17-21, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"As you may know, Barack Obama recently nominated Elena Kagan to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose Elena Kagan's serving as a justice on the Supreme Court, or do you not know enough about her to say?"

 
    Strongly
support
Somewhat
support
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Don't know
enough
    % % % % %
 

6/17-21/10

11 18 9 14 47
 

5/20-23/10

14 17 11 10 47

 

Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. June 17-20, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"From what you've seen and heard so far, do you think the Senate should or should not confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/17-20/10

33 25 42    
 

5/13-16/10

33 21 46    
             

"What is your impression of Elena Kagan? Do you think she is liberal, moderate, or conservative?" Options rotated

 
    Liberal Moderate Conservative Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/17-20/10

28 24 7 41  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 16, 2010. N=534 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"What do you think is more likely to occur during the Senate confirmation hearings for Kagan: a relatively easy process in which Republicans and Democrats come to an agreement, or a major fight between Republicans and Democrats that would drag on for a long time?"

 
    Relatively
easy process
Major fight Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/16/10

37 61 3    

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. June 9-14, 2010. N=1,044 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.3.

             

"As you may know, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring, and President Obama has nominated Elena Kagan to replace him. Is your opinion of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about Elena Kagan yet to have an opinion?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Haven't
heard
enough
   
    % % %    
 

6/9-14/10

20 17 63    
             

"Do you think the U.S. Senate should confirm or should not confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

6/9-14/10

43 26 30 1  

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 3-6, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, Obama has nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

58 24 18    
             

"At her confirmation hearing, do you think Kagan should or should not answer questions about how she would have ruled on past cases that have come before the Supreme Court?" Half sample

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

66 29 5    
             

"Do you think Kagan should or should not publicly state her position on abortion before being approved by the U.S. Senate for the job?" Half sample

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/3-6/10

54 42 5    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 21-23, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Based on what you have heard or read about Elena Kagan, do you think she is among the most qualified people who could serve on the Supreme Court, is she qualified to serve on the Supreme Court but many others are more qualified, or is she not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court?"

 
    Among most
qualified
Qualified Not qualified Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

15 63 19 4  
             

"Thinking about Elena Kagan's background, does each of the following make you more likely to support her nomination, does it make no difference to you, or does it make you less likely to support her nomination? ..."

 
    More likely
to support
No
difference
Less likely
to support
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 
 

"She has worked closely with Barack Obama on legal issues"

 

5/21-23/10

26 44 30 1  
 
 

"When she was a law school dean, she barred military recruiters from campus because the U.S. did not allow openly gay people to serve in the military"

 

5/21-23/10

19 40 39 1  
 
 

"She is a woman"

 

5/21-23/10

16 80 5 -  
 
 

"Her views on most major issues are not known"

 

5/21-23/10

9 37 53 1  
 
 

"She has never served as a judge"

 

5/21-23/10

8 40 52 1  
             

"From what you know about Elena Kagan, as a Supreme Court justice, do you think she would be too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?" N=524 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
    Too liberal Too
conservative
Just about
right
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/21-23/10

40 6 50 4  
             

"Based on what you have heard or read about her, do you think Elena Kagan's views on important issues are in the mainstream or do you think they are too extreme?" N=499 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Mainstream Too
extreme
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/21-23/10

54 36 10    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. May 19-24, 2010. N=1,914 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.2.

             

"Should senators support or oppose Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court based only on whether she is qualified to be a justice, or should they also consider her views on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage?"

 
    Qualifications
only
Also views
on issues
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

43 43 14    
             

"If senators did not agree with Elena Kagan on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage, do you think they would be justified, or not justified in using the filibuster to prevent her nomination from coming to a vote?"

 
    Justified Not justified Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/19-24/10

37 50 13    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 18-19, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"From what you know about Elena Kagan, would you say she is more of a liberal, or a conservative?" Options rotated

 
    Liberal Conservative Moderate
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

46 10 7 37  
             

"Overall, do you think Elena Kagan is qualified to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court or not?"

 
    Qualified Not qualified Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

45 26 29    
             

"Do you think the Senate will confirm Elena Kagan or not?"

 
    Will Will not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

70 8 22    
             

"Do you think Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has been treated fairly or unfairly by the press?"

 
    Fairly Unfairly Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

50 23 27    
             

"Do you think the public has the right to know about the private life of anyone nominated to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Does Does not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/18-19/10

61 34 4    
             

"Do you think all Supreme Court justices should have prior experience as a judge or is it a good idea if some Supreme Court justices don't have prior experience as a judge?"

 
    All should
have
experience
Good if some
don't have
experience
Doesn't
matter
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

62 28 7 3  
             

"How do you think the U.S. Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution? No matter what the outcome, the court should follow what the Framers meant when they wrote the Constitution. If necessary, the court should ignore what the Framers meant to reach the outcome it feels is appropriate for today."

 
    Follow the
Framers, no
matter what
Ignore the
Framers, if
necessary
In between/
Combination
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/18-19/10

60 29 7 5  
 

5/12-13/09

60 26 8 6  

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). May 6-10, 2010. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"How much confidence do you have that President Obama will select the right kind of person to sit on the Supreme Court: a great deal, quite a bit, some, very little, or none at all?"

 
    A great deal Quite a bit Some Very little None at all
    % % % % %
 

5/6-10/10

27 17 18 14 23

 

Gallup Poll. May 10, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Generally speaking, how would you rate Obama's choice of Elena Kagan as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/10/10

13 27 22 14 24

 

Gallup Poll. May 3-6, 2010. N=1,029 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Would you like to see President Obama nominate a new justice who would make the Supreme Court more liberal than it currently is, more conservative than it currently is, or who would keep the Court as it is now?"

 
    More
liberal
More
conservative
Keep as it
is now
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/3-6/10

27 42 24 6  
             

"Which of the following best describes your view about whether the next Supreme Court justice is [see below]? Do you think it is essential that the next justice is [see below], is it a good idea but not essential, does it not matter to you, or do you think it is a bad idea?"

 
    Essential A good idea,
not essential
Doesn't
matter
A bad idea Unsure
    % % % % %
 

"A woman"

 

5/3-6/10

4 20 72 3 1
 

5/7-10/09

6 26 64 3 1
 

10/28-30/05

14 33 50 2 1
 

9/26-28/05

14 29 55 1 1
 
 

"Hispanic"

 

5/3-6/10

1 12 76 9 1
 

5/7-10/09

1 21 68 8 1
 

9/26-28/05

3 23 69 4 1
 
 

"Black"

 

5/3-6/10

1 13 82 3 1
 

5/7-10/09

1 21 74 3 1
 

9/26-28/05

5 21 71 2 1
             

"As you may know, when Justice John Paul Stevens retires, none of the eight remaining Supreme Court justices will be of a Protestant religion. Which best describes your view about whether John Paul Stevens' replacement on the Supreme Court is Protestant? Do you think it is essential that the next justice is Protestant, is it a good idea but not essential, does it not matter to you, or do you think it is a bad idea?" Options rotated

 
    Essential A good idea,
not essential
Doesn't
matter
A bad idea Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/3-6/10

7 22 66 3 2

 

Pew Research Center survey. April 21-26, 2010. N=1,546 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Just your impression: Over the past two decades, do you think the Supreme Court has become more conservative, become more liberal, or has it stayed about the same?"

 
    More
conservative
More liberal About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/21-26/10

19 28 43 10  
             

"In making his appointments to the Supreme Court, should President Obama nominate people who will make the court more liberal, people who will make it more conservative, or people who will keep the court about the same as it is now?"

 
    More liberal More
conservative
About the
same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/21-26/10

27 28 35 10  
             

"How important is the president's choice of the next Supreme Court justice to you personally: very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/21-26/10

40 32 14 11 3
 

11/3-6/05

47 28 13 11 1

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 22-25, 2010. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think the Supreme Court tends to be too conservative or too liberal in its decisions, or is it generally balanced in its decisions?"

 
    Too
conservative
Too liberal Balanced Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-25/10

21 26 46 7  
 

7/18-21/07

31 18 47 4  
 

7/05

19 22 55 4  
 

7/95

22 22 54 3  
             

"How comfortable are you with Barack Obama selecting the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee: very comfortable, somewhat comfortable, not very comfortable or not at all comfortable?"

 
    Very
comfortable
Somewhat
comfortable
Not very
comfortable
Not at all
comfortable
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/22-25/10

36 29 12 21 2
             

"For each item I name, please tell me whether to you personally it would be a factor in favor of a Supreme Court nominee, a factor against a Supreme Court nominee, or not a factor one way or the other. What if the nominee is [see below]?"

 
    In favor Against Not a factor Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

"A woman" Half sample (Form A)

 

4/22-25/10

15 3 81 1  
 
 

"Gay or lesbian" Half sample (Form A)

 

4/22-25/10

4 25 71 0  
 
 

"Protestant" Half sample (Form A)

 

4/22-25/10

7 5 83 4  
 
 

"African-American" Half sample (Form B)

 

4/22-25/10

16 3 81 -  
 
 

"Someone with experience as a judge" Half sample (Form B)

 

4/22-25/10

70 5 24 1  
 
 

"Someone with experience outside the legal profession, for example in the field of business
or politics"
Half sample (Form B)

 

4/22-25/10

35 26 38 1  
             
 

If experience outside the legal profession would be a factor in favor:
"Which would be preferable to you for a Supreme Court nominee: someone with experience in business, or in politics?"

 
    Business Politics Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/22-25/10

56 36 6 1  
             

"The Supreme Court legalized abortion 37 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want the next justice to vote to uphold Roe versus Wade, or vote to overturn it?" Options rotated
6/10: "The Supreme Court legalized abortion 36 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want Sotomayor to vote to uphold Roe versus Wade, or vote to overturn it?"

 
    Uphold Overturn Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/22-25/10

59 38 3    
 
 

6/18-21/09

60 34 6    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 20-21, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recently announced he will resign at the end of his term, which will give Barack Obama his second chance to nominate a Supreme Court justice. I'm going to read a list of qualities that might be considered when selecting a new justice. For each one, please tell me whether you think it should be the single most important factor, should be a factor but not the most important, shouldn't matter, or should be a disqualifying factor?" Options rotated

 
    Single most
important
factor
A factor Shouldn't
matter
A
disqualifying
factor
Unsure
    % % % % %
 
 

"The nominee having served as a judge"

 

4/20-21/10

20 56 20 2 2
 
 

"The nominee being a constitutional scholar"

 

4/20-21/10

20 52 23 1 3
 
 

"The nominee being an attorney"

 

4/20-21/10

11 49 36 2 2
 
 

"The nominee being a woman"

 

4/20-21/10

2 12 83 2 1
 
 

"The nominee being a minority"

 

4/20-21/10

2 12 82 3 1
 
 

"The nominee being a homosexual"

 

4/20-21/10

1 8 73 15 3
             

"Would it matter to you if there weren't any justices with a Protestant religious background on the Supreme Court?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/20-21/10

27 70 3    
             

"I'm going to read you a list of characteristics and affiliations and I'd like you to tell me whether or not you would be comfortable with a Supreme Court Justice who has that characteristic or affiliation. Would you be comfortable with a justice who is [see below] or not?"

 
    Would be
comfortable
Would not be
comfortable
Unsure    
    % % %    
 
 

"A Mormon"

 

4/20-21/10

65 30 5    
 
 

"A Christian who takes the Bible literally"

 

4/20-21/10

62 35 3    
 
 

"A libertarian"

 

4/20-21/10

57 32 11    
 
 

"A Muslim"

 

4/20-21/10

43 53 4    
 
 

"An atheist"

 

4/20-21/10

39 58 3    
 
 

"A socialist"

 

4/20-21/10

31 64 5    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 14-19, 2010. N=1,930 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.2.

             

"Do you think the United States Supreme Court is moving in the right direction or the wrong direction?"

 
    Right
direction
Wrong
direction
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

35 37 28    
 

7/8-13/08

33 42 25    
 

8/7-13/07

39 37 25    
             

"Do you think the Supreme Court is too liberal, too conservative, or about right?"

 
    Too liberal Too
conservative
About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/14-19/10

29 19 40 12  
 

7/8-13/08

25 31 33 10  
 

8/7-13/07

20 29 37 13  
 

2/26 - 3/3/03 Adults

19 26 46 10  
             

"As you may know, Justice John Paul Stevens is retiring from the Supreme Court. How confident are you that President Obama will make the right decision about who should replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court: very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not confident at all?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not confident
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/14-19/10

27 26 18 28 2
             

"Who do you trust more to make the right decisions about who should sit on the United States Supreme Court: President Obama or the Republicans in the United States Senate?"

 
    President
Obama
Senate
Republicans
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

46 43 11    
             

"Do you think President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will be more liberal than you would like, not liberal enough, or about right?"

 
    More liberal Not liberal
enough
About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

4/14-19/10

42 8 42 8  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

52 32 16    
 

6/23-29/09

54 26 20    
 

5/26 - 6/1/09

55 25 20    
             

"Which comes closer to your point of view? In making decisions, the Supreme Court should only consider the original intentions of the authors of the Constitution. OR, In making decisions, the Supreme Court should consider changing times and current realities in applying the principles of the Constitution."

 
    Original
intentions
Current
realities
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

49 42 9    
 

7/8-13/08

40 52 8    
 

8/7-13/07

43 48 9    
 

7/21-25/05

44 50 6    
 

5/18-23/05

42 51 8    
 

2/26 - 3/3/03 Adults

39 54 7    
             

"Do you think Supreme Court justices make their decisions solely based on the law, or do you think their political views enter into their decisions?"

 
    Solely
the law
Political
views
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

16 78 6    
             

"Should senators support or oppose President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court based only on whether he or she is qualified to be a justice, or should they also consider his or her views on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage?"

 
    Qualifications
only
Views on
issues, too
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

47 43 10    
             

"If senators did not agree with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage, do you think they would be justified, or not justified in using the filibuster to prevent the nomination from coming to a vote?"

 
    Justified Not justified Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/14-19/10

48 41 11    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. April 9-11, 2010. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

               

"As you may know, President Obama will announce later this year a nominee to the Supreme Court. Do you think Obama should nominate somebody who is very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?"

 
    Very
liberal
Somewhat
liberal
Moderate Somewhat
conservative
Very
conservative
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

4/9-11/10

8 17 37 19 17 1
 

5/14-17/09

9 18 37 19 16 1
               

"And just your best guess -- do you think Obama will nominate somebody who is very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?"

 
    Very
liberal
Somewhat
liberal
Moderate Somewhat
conservative
Very
conservative
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

4/9-11/10

33 28 21 9 7 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 6-7, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Justices to the U.S. Supreme Court are given lifetime appointments, which means it is completely up to the individual justice when he or she retires. Do you think justices should continue to be allowed to serve as long as they want, or should there be a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices?"

 
    Serve as long
as they want
Mandatory
retirement age
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/6-7/10

30 65 6    
 

7/12-13/05

28 66 6    
             

"If a mandatory retirement age were set for Supreme Court justices, what do you think that age should be?" Open-ended

 
    %        
 

Under age 65

12        
 

65-69

24        
 

70-74

24        
 

75-79

16        
 

80-84

6        
 

85-89

2        
 

90 & older

2        
 

Don't set age

7        
 

Unsure

6        
             

"When President Obama nominates the next justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, do you want him to nominate someone who is more of a liberal or someone who is more of a conservative?" Options rotated
7/05: "When President Bush nominates the next justice to the U.S. Supreme Court...?"

 
    More of a
liberal
More of a
conservative
Shouldn't
consider
ideology (vol.)
A moderate
(vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

4/6-7/10

29 52 5 7 7
 

7/12-13/05

25 39 8 12 16
             

"If Senate Republicans strongly oppose the person President Obama nominates to be the next Supreme Court justice, do you think they should allow an up or down vote on the nominee even if they might lose, or draw out the debate to prevent a vote and keep the nominee from being confirmed?"
7/05: "If Senate Democrats strongly oppose the person President Bush nominates to be the next Supreme Court justice...?"

 
    Allow up or
down vote
Prevent
a vote
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/6-7/10

52 26 22    
 

7/12-13/05

51 24 26    

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. July 31-Aug. 3, 2009. Adults nationwide.

             

"As you may know, Sonia Sotomayor is the federal judge nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Sotomayor serving on the Supreme Court, or not?" N=506 (Form A), MoE 4.5

 
    Vote in
favor
Not vote in
favor
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/31 - 8/3/09

51 36 14    
 

6/26-28/09

47 40 13    
             

"As you may know, Sonia Sotomayor is the federal judge who Barack Obama nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Sotomayor serving on the Supreme Court, or not?" N=521 (Form B), MoE 4.5

 
    Vote in
favor
Not vote in
favor
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/31 - 8/3/09

61 31 8    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). July 24-27, 2009. N=1,011 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

               

"Now I'm going to read you the names of several public figures, and I'd like you to rate your feelings toward each one as either very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative. If you don't know the name, please just say so. Sonia Sotomayor."

 
    Very
positive
Somewhat
positive
Neutral Somewhat
negative
Very
negative
Don't know
name/Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

7/24-27/09

16 15 22 14 13 20
 

6/12-15/09

13 17 24 8 8 30
               

"As you may know, Barack Obama recently nominated Sonia Sotomayor to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose Sonia Sotomayor's serving as a justice on the Supreme Court, or do you not know enough about her to say?"

 
    Strongly
support
Somewhat
support
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Don't know
enough
Unsure
    % % % % % %
 

7/24-27/09

25 19 13 17 25 1
 

6/12-15/09

21 22 9 11 35 2

 

Pew Research Center survey. July 22-26, 2009. N=746 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"How much, if anything, have you heard about Barack Obama's choice of Sonia Sotomayor to be the next Supreme Court justice: a lot, a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A lot A little Nothing
at all
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/22-26/09

46 33 19 2  
 

6/10-14/09

39 38 21 2  
             

"From what you've seen and heard so far, do you think the Senate should or should not confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/22-26/09

50 23 27    
 

6/10-14/09

50 25 25    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 21-22, 2009. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"I'm going to read you the names of several individuals and institutions. Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one. If you've never heard of an individual or institution, please just say so. Sonia Sotomayor."

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Can't say Never
heard of
 
    % % % %  
 

7/21-22/09

41 24 19 15  
 

6/9-10/09

36 18 25 21  
             

"President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. If you were voting on Sotomayor's nomination, would you vote to confirm her or not?"

 
    Confirm Not confirm Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/21-22/09

53 29 19    
 

6/9-10/09

46 32 22    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 17-19, 2009. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Now, turning to the U.S. Supreme Court: As you may know, Sonia Sotomayor is the federal judge nominated to serve on the Supreme Court. Would you like to see the Senate vote in favor of Sotomayor serving on the Supreme Court, or not?"

 
    Vote
in favor
Not vote
in favor
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/17-19/09

55 36 9    
 

7/10-12/09

53 33 13    
 

5/29-31/09

54 28 19    

 

Diageo/Hotline Poll conducted by FD. July 9-13, 2009. N=800 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Now, I'd like to read you a list of various national public figures, and for each one, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of them. If you haven't heard of them, just tell me and we'll move on. Sonia Sotomayor."

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Heard of/Can't
rate (vol.)
Haven't
heard of
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/9-13/09

31 24 15 24 5
             

"On the topic of President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court, do you support or oppose the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States?" Options rotated

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/9-13/09

50 28 22    

 

Gallup Poll. July 10-12, 2009. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Next, we'd like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, lease say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people -- or if you have never heard of them. How about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor?"

 
    Favorable Unfavorable Never
heard of
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/10-12/09

38 26 19 17  
 

5/29-31/09

43 21 15 21  
             

"How closely are you following the news about Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/10-12/09

14 39 27 19 1
 

5/29-31/09

20 40 22 18 -

 

CBS News Poll. July 9-12, 2009. N=944 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Is your opinion of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't heard enough about Sonia Sotomayor yet to have an opinion?"

 
    Favorable Not
favorable
Undecided Haven't
heard
enough
 
    % % % %  
 

7/9-12/09

23 15 23 39  
 

6/12-16/09

33 9 22 36  
             

"What do you think right now? Should the Senate vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, or vote against Sotomayor, or can't you say?"

 
    Vote to
confirm
Vote
against
Can't say Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/9-12/09

30 14 52 4  
 

6/12-16/09

34 9 53 4  
             

"How important do you think it is for there to be another woman on the Supreme Court? Would you say it is very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not very
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/9-12/09

35 31 14 18 2
             

"How important do you think it is for there to be a Hispanic on the Supreme Court? Would you say it is very important, somewhat important, not very important or not important at all?"

 
    Very
Important
Somewhat
important
Not very
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/9-12/09

21 32 20 25 2
             

"If Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed to sit on the Supreme Court, do you think she will favor certain groups over others when making her judicial decisions, or do you think she will treat all groups the same under the law?"

 
    Will favor
certain groups
Will treat
all the same
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/9-12/09

21 60 2 17  
 

6/12-16/09

18 55 2 25  

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. June 26-28, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Suppose the upcoming confirmation hearings indicate that Sonia Sotomayor is qualified and has no ethical problems. Do you think U.S. Senators would be justified or unjustified in voting against her if they disagree with her stance on current issues such as abortion or gun control?"

 
    Justified Unjustified Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/26-28/09

47 49 5    
             

"What do you think is more likely to occur during the Senate confirmation hearings for Sotomayor: a relatively easy process in which Republicans and Democrats come to an agreement, or a major fight between Republicans and Democrats that would drag on for a long time?"

 
    Relatively
easy
Major fight Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/26-28/09

38 60 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 18-21, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"As you may know, Obama has nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Do you think the U.S. Senate should or should not confirm Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

62 25 13    
 

Democrats

79 11 10    
 

Independents

64 26 10    
 

Republicans

36 43 21    
             

"Given what you know, do you think Sotomayor is a more liberal nominee than you'd have liked, less liberal than you'd have liked, or about right?"

 
    More liberal Less liberal About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/18-21/09

26 8 55 12  
             

"Do you think Sotomayor's racial and ethnic background plays a role in the way she decides cases as a judge, or not?" If "Yes": "Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing?"

 
    Yes: Good Yes: Bad No Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/18-21/09

16 22 52 10  
             

"Do you think the fact that Sotomayor is a woman plays a role in the way she decides cases as a judge, or not?" If "Yes": "Do you think that's a good thing or a bad thing?"

 
    Yes: Good Yes: Bad No Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/18-21/09

23 10 59 8  
             

"The Supreme Court legalized abortion 36 years ago in the ruling known as Roe versus Wade. If that case came before the court again, would you want Sotomayor to vote to uphold Roe versus Wade, or vote to overturn it?" Options rotated

 
    Uphold Overturn Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/18-21/09

60 34 6    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. June 12-16, 2009. N=895 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"When the Senate votes on a Supreme Court nominee, should it consider only that person's legal qualifications and background, or along with legal background, should the Senate also consider that nominee's personal views on major issues the Supreme Court decides?"

 
    Legal only Issues, too Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/12-16/09

30 62 8    
 

1/5-8/06

32 61 7    
             

"How important is it for the members of the Supreme Court to reflect the diverse gender, ethnic and racial make-up of the country as a whole? Is it very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/12-16/09

43 31 12 11 3
             

"How closely would you say you have been following news about the appointment of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court: very closely, somewhat closely, not very closely, or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not very
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/12-16/09

22 39 19 18 2
             

"Before senators vote on whether Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed as a justice of the Supreme Court, how important do you think it is for the Senate to know her positions on issues such as abortion and affirmative action? Is that very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important?"

 
    Very
important
Somewhat
important
Not very
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/12-16/09

48 28 11 11 2

 


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). June 12-15, 2009. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

               

"Based on what you have heard so far, do you think that Sonia Sotomayor is qualified or not qualified to be a Supreme Court justice, or do you not know enough about her to say?"

 
    Qualified Not qualified Don't know
enough
Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

6/12-15/09

50 13 35 2    
               

"How much confidence do you have that, if she is confirmed by the Senate to sit on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor will reflect your views about most issues: a great deal of confidence, quite a bit of confidence, some confidence, very little confidence, or no confidence at all? If you have no opinion, please just say so." Half sample (Form A), MoE 4.4

 
    A great deal Quite a bit Some Very little None at all No opinion
    % % % % % %
 

6/12-15/09

12 14 20 14 13 27
               

"Based on what you have heard, seen, or read about Sonia Sotomayor's decisions as a judge and her personal viewpoints do you feel that she would be within the mainstream of the Supreme Court and past justices who have served, or outside the mainstream of the Supreme Court and past justices who have served? If you do not know enough to have an opinion, just say so." Half sample (Form B), MoE 4.4

 
    Within
mainstream
Outside
mainstream
Don't know
enough
Unsure    
    % % % %    
 

6/12-15/09

28 33 35 4    

 


 

Pew Research Center Poll. June 10-14, 2009. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"What is your impression of Sonia Sotomayor? Do you think she is liberal, moderate, or conservative?"

 
    Liberal Moderate Conservative Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/10-14/09

31 34 8 26  
             

"As I read some issues the Supreme Court may rule on over the coming years, please tell me how important each issue is to you personally. First, are court decisions on [see below] very important, fairly important, not too important, or not at all important to you?"

 
    Very
important
Fairly
important
Not too
important
Not at all
important
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

"Abortion"

 

6/10-14/09

55 20 11 11 3
 

11/3-6/05

62 20 8 8 2
 
 

"Affirmative action"

 

6/10-14/09

40 32 14 7 8
 

11/3-6/05

38 37 12 7 6
 
 

"Issues related to homosexuality"

 

6/10-14/09

33 18 20 25 4
 

11/3-6/05

36 20 20 21 3
 
 

"The rights of people held in custody as terrorist suspects"

 

6/10-14/09

57 25 9 6 3
 

11/3-6/05

57 23 10 6 4
 
 

"Election and voting rules"

 

6/10-14/09

57 25 9 5 3

Supreme Court / Judiciary continued


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