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State of the State Courts

Graph from pollNCSC’s 2022 survey of public opinion finds that public trust and confidence in the courts continues to slide. If courts wish to remain the most trusted branch of government, this slide must be halted.

Just as troubling, Americans are losing faith in the courts ability to deliver on the key promise of equal justice for all. On this measure, the gulf between white and people of color is wide.

However, there are positive messages that help distinguish the critical role of the state courts. Courts must adopt these messages, while emphasizing how courts are accountable to the law.

Finally, there is overwhelming public support for courts to lead on America’s mental health crisis.

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The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted using online surveys. Respondents were contacted between October 22-25, 2022. Findings are considered accurate within +/- 3 percent, 19 times out of 20. The survey was developed by GBAO, with input from an advisory body of judges, court professionals and NCSC staff.