Most American citizens agree that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions significantly affect their everyday life. SCOTUS rules on everything from abortion to taxation, sodomy to gun control. Yet, a recent C-SPAN survey shows that a majority of Americans can’t name a single member of that august body.
91% of the survey’s respondents answered “Yes” when asked if “Decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court have an impact on my everyday life as a citizen.” 70% of the respondents claimed to be following President Trump’s effort to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy via the nomination of Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
However, only 52% of those surveyed could name even one of the sitting justices. The most well-known person currently on the hallowed bench appears to be the very liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the subject of a recent documentary called “RBG.” One in four respondents were able to name her. Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts were tied as the second-most renowned, with “only” 86% of those polled unable to name them. Sonya Sotomayor was fourth on the hit list, with fully eight percent of folks identifying her. Neil Gorsuch, the most recently ensconced SCOTUS, resonated with the people at a 6% clip. Anthony Kennedy himself, and Elena Kagan each garnered 4% recognition, while 3% of those queried summoned the name of Samuel Alito. 98% were unaware of the existence of Stephen Breyer.
In stark contrast, nearly every American is keenly aware of Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Al Gore and Stormy Daniels.
It has been said there is no justice in this world. I would agree.
In any case, a majority of Americans can’t name one.