Success in the Media

Supreme Court–Highest Ratings Since 2001

Supreme Court–Gallup Poll

 

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

 

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

 

%

%

%

2009 Aug 31-Sep 2

61

28

11

2009 Jun 14-17

59

30

11

2008 Sep 8-11

50

39

11

2008 Jun 9-12

48

38

14

2007 Sep 14-16

51

39

10

2007 May 10-13

51

36

13

2006 Sep 7-10

60

32

8

2005 Sep 12-15

56

36

8

2005 Jun 24-26

42

48

10

2004 Sep 13-15

51

39

10

2003 Sep 8-10

52

38

10

2003 Jul 7-9

59

33

8

2002 Sep 5-8

60

29

11

2001 Sep 7-10

58

28

14

2001 Jun 11-17

62

25

13

2001 Jan 10-14

59

34

7

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

62

29

9

As you know, our federal government is made up of three branches: an executive branch, headed by the president: a judicial branch, headed by the U.S. Supreme Court: and a legislative branch, made up of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. First, let me ask you how much trust and confidence you have at this time in the executive branch headed by the president, the judicial branch headed by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the legislative branch, consisting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives — a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?

 

The judicial branch, headed by the U.S. Supreme Court

 

 

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not very
much

None
at all

No
opinion

 

%

%

%

%

%

2009 Aug 31-Sep 2

18

58

18

4

2

2008 Sep 8-11

14

55

23

6

3

2007 Sep 14-16

15

54

23

6

1

2006 Sep 7-10

15

54

21

7

3

2005 Sep 12-15

13

55

25

6

1

2004 Sep 13-15

14

51

27

6

2

2003 Sep 8-10

13

54

27

5

1

2002 Sep 5-8

17

58

18

5

2

2001 Sep 7-10

17

57

20

4

2

2000 Jul 6-9

23

52

18

6

1

1999 Feb 4-8

29

51

13

5

2

1998 Dec 28-29

27

51

16

4

2

1997 May 30-Jun 1

19

52

22

5

2

1976 Jun

16

47

26

6

4

1974 Apr

17

54

20

5

5

1972 May

17

49

24

7

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

 

%

%

%

%

2009 Aug 31-Sep 2

28

19

50

3

2008 Sep 8-11

21

30

43

6

2007 Sep 14-16

21

32

43

5

2006 Sep 7-10

21

31

43

6

2005 Sep 12-15

25

25

45

5

2004 Sep 13-15

28

27

40

5

2003 Sep 8-10

31

25

39

5

2001 Sep 7-10

22

25

46

7

1995 Jul 7-9

31

20

41

8

1993 Jun 18-21 ^

22

24

45

9

 

 

 

 

 

^ Asked of a half sample

 

Trends for comparison: In its recent rulings, do you think the Supreme Court has been too liberal, too conservative, or just about right?

 

 

Too
liberal

Too
conservative

About
right

No
opinion

2003 Jul 7-9

31%

15

48

6

2000 Aug 29-Sep 5

27%

16

49

8

1991 July 11-14

20%

25

39

16

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?

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