Podcast | Behind the surprising results of our Supreme Court poll

We asked Washington voters their opinions on the Court and their thoughts on current cases. Pollster Stuart Elway shares his takeaways.

A group of nine people in black robes

Members of the Supreme Court sit for a new group portrait in Washington, Oct. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It has been a tumultuous year for the U. S. Supreme Court. Last June the Court, with an expanded conservative majority, handed down a decision that ended federal protection for abortion and set off political shockwaves.

Now the Court's nine justices are considering a number of other cases that could reshape the country's relationship to race, technology and even democracy itself — and that's not even the half of it. 

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We wanted to know what people in Washington state think about the federal Court, so we pulled registered voters from throughout the state and asked whether they approve of the Court, how they would change it and what they think of this new slate of cases.  

For this episode of Crosscut Reports, guest host Mark Baumgarten speaks with Crosscut pollster Stuart Elway about the surprising results, which show an electorate uncertain about the Court and maybe not quite as partisan as recent history might suggest.

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