LIU’s Hornstein Center Reveals "Supreme Court Confidence" Poll

51% of Americans Approve of Trump SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Brookville, NY (February 8, 2017) – Long Island University’s Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis found that 51 percent of Americans approve of President Donald J. Trump's nominee for Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.  The findings are based on the Center’s first published public opinion poll conducted from February 3 through February 6, 2017.

>The overall sample revealed that the majority of Americans support the President’s choice, while 39 percent of voters disapprove and 9 percent are undecided.  When further broken down by age groups, the poll found that 36 percent of voters aged 18-35 approve of Gorsuch, 49 percent disapprove and 14 percent are unsure. That contrasts voters aged 36-80, who approve of Gorsuch by 52 percent, with 38 percent disapproval and 8 percent undecided. Conducted entirely via SMS text message, the Hornstein poll is a departure from the more traditional polling methods utilized by other organizations.

"This poll is based on an operating process that is targeting voters entirely through mobile devices, enabling us to procure responses in a highly efficient manner,” stated LIU Political Science Professor Stanley B. Klein.  “In this poll, the respondents reflected their support of Gorsuch and approve of his ability to reinstate the Conservative majority of the Court. "

Gorsuch, a Colorado native, graduated from Columbia University, Harvard Law School, and has a Doctorate from Oxford University.  He began his law career as a clerk for Supreme Court Justices, Anthony M. Kennedyand the retired Byron R. White. In July 2006, Gorsuch was confirmed without opposition as a Federal Judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver, where he currently serves.

If confirmed, Gorsuch will fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

>“LIU has a deep interest in understanding how politics, policy and public opinion influence job markets, industry growth and career prospects for our students,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, President of Long Island University.  “The Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis allows us to continue honing that knowledge to cultivate programs and engaged learning activates that give our students an edge when pursuing employers.”

Polling Methodology

This Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling & Analysis statistical poll was conducted February 3rd to February 6th, 2017 entirely by SMS text messages conducted in English to 855 registered voters aged 18-80. Polling data was sorted by age, political affiliation, gender & geographic location in efforts to ensure a nationwide representative sample. This poll has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.4 points. The Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling & Analysis is an independent and fully nonpartisan institute directed by Dr. Stanley B. Klein which endeavors to conduct research on a variety of issues affecting the American electorate. Dr. Klein has taught political science for over 50 years at LIU-Post bringing extensive experience in politics, government, and academia to the work done here at the Steven S. Hornstein Center."  For more information, contact


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