Marquette Law School Poll to release results of national surveys on U.S. Supreme Court, political topics, Oct. 4-5

Sept. 27, 2023

MILWAUKEE — The Marquette Law School Poll will release the results of its national survey of public opinion, over two days, Oct. 4-5, via written releases.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the Marquette Law School Poll will release results pertaining to public opinion about the U.S. Supreme Court. The survey reviews public reaction to the Court’s recent major decisions and attention to news about the Court. The poll provides the latest trends in national approval of, and confidence in, the Supreme Court, state supreme courts, juries in criminal cases, and other institutions, as well as perceptions of the ethical standards of the Court. This is the 16th installment in a series of nationwide surveys, begun in 2019, measuring public understanding and opinion of the nation’s highest court.

The second release, on Thursday, Oct. 5, will set forth findings of the Marquette Law School Poll’s national survey on policy preferences and political topics. This survey includes Republicans’ preferences for the GOP presidential nomination and support among Democrats for President Joe Biden’s seeking a second term. Trial heats for the general election between Biden and former President Donald Trump and between Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are measured. The survey includes reluctance to support the major party candidates, as well as support for third parties. Also included are measures of awareness of and opinions about the indictments of Trump and of Hunter Biden. The poll updates favorability towards Republican primary candidates, including Trump, DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, among others. On the Democratic side, favorability is measured for Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and Marianne Williamson. Several public policy issues are also considered, including aid to Ukraine and America’s role in the world.

The written releases and corresponding data will be distributed and made available on the above-stated dates at 1 a.m. EDT, on the Marquette Law School Poll website. Embargoed written releases of these national surveys will be available to members of the media who formally register their interest in advance online and agree to stated embargo policies. Reporters who have registered for previous embargoes do not need to register again.

Interviews with Franklin following the poll’s releases are available on request by contacting Kevin Conway at

Begun in 2012, the Marquette Law School Poll is the most extensive statewide polling project in Wisconsin history. Since 2019, the Law School’s surveys of national public opinion about the U.S. Supreme Court have expanded the work of the poll both geographically and to a new set of topics of broad importance, and more recently the national survey has included political topics. Franklin has directed the poll since its inception and is a professor of law and public policy at Marquette Law School. His academic articles on partisanship, public opinion, the Supreme Court, and U.S. Senate elections have appeared in major journals and as book chapters. He is a past president of the Society for Political Methodology and an elected fellow of the society. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

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