2022 Survey Results

The 2022 SCOTUSpoll Survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 2,158 U.S. adult residents interviewed online between March 30 - April 6, 2022. The poll’s margin of error is ± 2.4%.

The purpose of the survey is to assess how people would feel about the actual case outcomes as opposed to the legal arguments or jurisprudential considerations. We therefore selected major cases from the 2021-2022 term as identified by important media outlets and other Court observers. For all questions, half the respondents received the questions as worded below, whereas half received versions where the options were reversed. 

Looking at responses over the cases asked about, the public is slightly more likely to take the liberal (51.5%) than the conservative (48.5%) position. The public is narrowly divided on several prominent ideologically charged issues such as abortion, gun control, immigration, and whether public funds can be used to pay for private religious education. The case where the highest percentage of Americans back the liberal position involves the question of whether the Presidnt can block the release of White House records on executive privilege grounds (67% of respondents said yes, including 85% of Democrats and 43% of Republicans).

A link to a detailed summary of the 2022 SCOTUS Poll Survey results is here.

This poll is coordinated by Stephen Jessee (UT-Austin), Neil Malhotra (Stanford), and Maya Sen (Harvard).