June 29, 2020
While America continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, there have been efforts to return court operations back to something closer to a new normal. The question of how Americans might react to this was at the heart of a recent national poll conducted by NCSC that asked 1,000 registered voters between June 8-11 their views. Among the findings:
- Confidence in state courts is steady at 70%, the same as the 8-year average of similar NCSC polls
- 55% of respondents cited at least one obstacle to reporting for jury service if called including an inability to secure childcare (19%), someone in their household with an underlying health condition (47%) and service as a primary caregiver to an elderly family member (14%)
- People were asked on a scale of 1 to 10 of how comfortable they would personally feel right now to engage in certain activities. 52% scored reporting for jury duty at their local courthouse between 0-5 (average 5.5). 54% scored serving on a jury if selected between 0-5 (5.1 average).
- When asked whether the implementation of protective measures would make them comfortable reporting to their local courthouse for jury duty 70%+ responded positively to
- everyone (employees + public) wearing masks (70%)
- social distancing being enforced (70%)
- temperature checks (74%)
- coronavirus testing (76%)
- When asked specifically about rules they would like to see regarding the wearing of masks, 67% of those polled favored masks being required. 13% supported there being no rules whatsoever.
- 64% of those polled indicated that if they had business with the courts and could do so online they would be likely to do so, up 43% in 2014.
Additional information regarding the poll results of this year or prior years can be found at NCSC's State of the State Courts page.