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Poll: A Majority of Americans Can’t Name a Single Supreme Court Justice

C-SPAN released its annual survey on the Supreme Court. Only 48 percent of Americans could name at least one Supreme Court justice.

By NTK Staff | 08.28.2018 @11:00am
Poll: A Majority of Americans Can’t Name a Single Supreme Court Justice

C-SPAN released results from its annual survey on issues impacting the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Though the survey does not include any measure of public support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court, it does include a number of intriguing and surprising results.

One that inspires some concern? Only 48 percent of Americans can name a single Supreme Court justice.

Of those 48 percent:

  • 25 percent (around 12 percent overall) named Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • 14 percent (around seven percent overall) named John Roberts, the chief justice
  • 14 percent (around seven percent overall) named Clarence Thomas
  • Eight percent (around four percent overall) named Sonia Sotomayor
  • Six percent (around three percent overall) named Neil Gorsuch
  • Four percent (around two percent overall) named Elena Kagan
  • Three percent (around 1.5 percent overall) named Samuel Alito
  • Two percent (around one percent overall) named Stephen Breyer

More than half of Americans (52 percent) cannot name a current Supreme Court justice, or gave the wrong answer. A few wrong answers were now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, yet-to-be-confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

There was no significant different in whether Democrats (48 percent), Republicans (45 percent), or independents (49 percent) could name a single justice, but liberals (57 percent) were more likely to be able to name a justice than conservatives (41 percent).

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