A new Marquette Law School poll reveals some fascinating data on how the public perceives the Supreme Court and how the public wants the Court to behave in pending cases.
By a wide margin, poll respondents oppose overruling Roe v. Wade: 61 percent would oppose such a decision compared to 29 percent who support it. They oppose a decision striking down the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects young immigrants from deportation, 53 percent to 37 percent. They oppose a decision allowing business owners with a religious objection to LGBTQ people to deny services to those people, 57 percent to 34 percent. And they oppose a Supreme Court decision striking down the Affordable Care Act 52 percent to 38 percent.
Many of these issues are currently pending before the Supreme Court. Though the poll found the public mostly supports liberal outcomes in forthcoming cases, its respondents did take a more conservative view of a case asking if “a program that financially supports students attending private schools may also include religious schools without violating the constitution.” Fifty-three percent of respondents would side with the religious school while 33 percent prefer the other outcome.
Perhaps the most significant finding, given the recent oral arguments in a trio of cases asking whether federal anti-discrimination law makes it illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, is that the poll finds strong support for a decision holding that such discrimination is illegal.
By a margin of 61 percent to 30 percent, poll respondents favor a Supreme Court decision holding “that laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sex also apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation of gay, lesbian, or transgender individuals.”
The poll surveyed 1,423 adults within the United States and it has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.