trust in the courts

LexisNexis have partnered with YouGov America to survey 1,000 US respondents each month. 

In the largest survey of its kind, we have now surveyed 60,000 US residents with a simple question:
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement? ʺIf I sued a public official I would be treated fairly in court by the judge.ʺ
Use the map below to see the % who agree on each state:

results over time

The overall percentages have remained within the 20-23% range over the 5 years of tracking. 

The lowest recorded point was in October 2020 when the tracker dropped to 20%.

As you can see below there are significant differences by segment of the US population.

results by gender

One of the largest differences in the feedback is by gender. Female respondents are significantly less likely to agree that they will be treated “fairly in court” than their male counterparts.

results by age

There are also significant differences by age. Younger respondents are much more likely to agree that they will get a fair trial than older respondents.


results by education

The level of education makes an important difference to the results.

College educated respondents have higher scores than other respondents.

Note: this factor is also highly correlated with income (see below).


results by income

Finally, the wealthier the respondent (earning at least $80k), the more confident they are that they will get treated fairly in court.



what does this mean?

Trust in being treated fairly in court is generally low across the US but varies significantly by gender, wealth, age and education. 

For example, the average score for respondents who are female, aged over 55, with up to high school education, and earning under 40k a year is 12.9%

In contrast, if you are male, aged under 55, with a post graduate education and earning over $80k a year, your scores increase to 46.7%.


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