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Most Americans Canít Name a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Survey Says
Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/21/2012 | Steve Eder

Posted on 08/21/2012 7:07:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark rulings on health care and immigration have made the nation’s highest court a topic at kitchen tables, coffee shops, and water coolers across the country.

But even with all that debate over the Supreme Court and its rulings, two-thirds of Americans can’t name any justices, according to a survey released Monday by FindLaw.com, a legal information Web site.

The most well-known member of the court was Chief Justice John Roberts, the survey showed. But even Justice Roberts could only be named by 20% of the respondents.

The most anonymous member of the court, according to the survey, was Stephen Breyer, with 3% of respondents naming him. Justices Anthony Kennedy (10%), Samuel Alito (5%) and Elena Kagan (4%) each were named by 10% or fewer of the people surveyed.

The survey showed that others–even those in much the media spotlight– were somewhere between little-known and obscure:

Antonin Scalia (16%)

Clarence Thomas (16%)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (13%)

Sonia Sotomayor (13%)

The study polled 1,000 American adults by telephone, according to FindLaw.com, a division of Thomson Reuters. The survey had a margin of error of plus-or-minus-three percent.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: scotus; scotusjustices; scotusnames; supremecourt

1 posted on 08/21/2012 7:07:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

But they can name all the contestants on “Dancing with the Stars”.


2 posted on 08/21/2012 7:10:56 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: SeekAndFind

Elites want ignorant Americans. Easier to manipulate and to make them wards of the state (Rat voters).


3 posted on 08/21/2012 7:11:21 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve seen similar polls in the past, in which many more people can name Judge Judy or Judge Wapner, than know who is on the Supreme Court.

It’s sad that so many are not well informed.


4 posted on 08/21/2012 7:11:28 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

They also don’t know who their senators and congresspersons are. Heck, they can’t even identify the capital city of their own state.


5 posted on 08/21/2012 7:14:49 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SeekAndFind
two-thirds of Americans can’t name any justices,

That means one-third CAN name one.

Drat! Looks like the socialists need to finally get serious about destroying education.

6 posted on 08/21/2012 7:15:56 AM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: TigerClaws
Elites want ignorant Americans. Easier to manipulate and to make them wards of the state (Rat voters).

"What good fortune for leaders, that the people do not think."

- Adolf Hitler

7 posted on 08/21/2012 7:19:10 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just curious - anybody know if Roberts has shown his face yet, after his traitorous, unconstitutional ruling?


8 posted on 08/21/2012 7:20:10 AM PDT by privatedrive
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To: SeekAndFind

I used to be able to name as many as five supremes. I seem to have recently forgot one of them, but the name still rings a distant bell.

Oh, I can also name 4 or 5 “people” that seem to usually be sitting with them nearby on the bench.


9 posted on 08/21/2012 7:21:46 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: SeekAndFind

Larry, Moe, Curly, Joe, Curly Joe and Shemp.


10 posted on 08/21/2012 7:22:56 AM PDT by bgill
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To: SeekAndFind

I can only name nine. That must be about half of them. Right?:>)


11 posted on 08/21/2012 7:23:28 AM PDT by Starstruck (Only the wealthy and the poor can afford socialism)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of course they can’t. Only the President can name a Supreme Court justice.


12 posted on 08/21/2012 7:23:57 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Right Brother

Not only that, they can spell their names too I bet.


13 posted on 08/21/2012 7:24:36 AM PDT by commonguymd
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To: SeekAndFind; mickie
Yesterday, Todd Schnitt, afternoon talk host who comes on after Rush in the Tampa Bay area, ran his own poll because of this national poll.

He asked a limited number of callers to quickly name one justice. The percentage of those who could was slightly above the 20% mentioned in the article.

The higher average was undoubtedly due to the fact that many were Rush listeners bleeding over to the ensuing Schnitt Show and also were listeners to the weakly-conservative Schnitt himself.

Thanks heavens for talk-shows. Too many people stop learning after they leave school, but at least they listen to the radio when their ears aren't glued to their cell phones.

I can't fathom folks not knowing the name of a single one of the Supremes....but then, again, as a highly-educated freeper, and as a watcher of the Jesse Watters segments on the Factor, I guess I can fathom it quite easily.

Some outstanding citizens of the good old U S of A probably can't even name the president of their own country.

Leni

14 posted on 08/21/2012 7:24:58 AM PDT by MinuteGal ( Today's Three R's.............Romney, Ryan and Renewal for America......Fight for it!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Most Americans are completely uninformed idiots. But we already knew that.


15 posted on 08/21/2012 7:26:37 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: fatnotlazy
They also don’t know who their senators and congresspersons are.

The bad thing is that they are still allowed to vote.

16 posted on 08/21/2012 7:28:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: SoothingDave
Of course they can’t. Only the President can name a Supreme Court justice.

And if it's a Democrat president, the Republicans can be assured of rubber stamp approving it.
17 posted on 08/21/2012 7:30:28 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If I were to win a multi-million dollar lottery, one of my many pastimes would be to sit at a table in front of, or near the front of, the local Post Office with a sign;
"Answer one question...Win $1000 cash"

I would ask questions like the aforementioned Supreme Court justice question. Or perhaps, 'please recite the Preamble to The Constitution'. Maybe, 'how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights?'

I dare say, I would not have to give away much money at all. If any.

18 posted on 08/21/2012 7:37:17 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: SeekAndFind

all that matters is they know which circle to fill in to get free stuff.


19 posted on 08/21/2012 7:41:42 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess the sort of good news is that of the 34% who could name any, the average number named was 3. Being able to name the President, Vice-President, both of one’s Senators, at least eight other Senators, one’s Representative, at least five othrer Representatives, one’s governor, and two-thirds of the members of the supreme court would seem to be a reasonable minimal standard for voting that would likely reduce the possible electorate by about 75% (I imagine 10% could do this spontaneously, and another 15% would be able and willing to get up to speed).


20 posted on 08/21/2012 7:43:29 AM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

It was during prohibition that women first got to vote. There’s got to be some meaning in that.


21 posted on 08/21/2012 7:56:10 AM PDT by Track9 (Ego undermines moral courage.)
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To: TigerClaws; SeekAndFind
Elites want ignorant Americans. Easier to manipulate and to make them wards of the state (Rat voters).

That may be true but I don’t believe that it is at the root of why the American public at large is ignorant of their countries government.

Karl Marx said that “Religion is the opiate of the people”

Well today we have “Entertainment is the crack cocaine of the people”.

Today whether it is pro-sports, sitcoms or computer games the public has a cornucopia of cheap ever available entertainment to occupy their underdeveloped minds.

It isn’t that the Elite of our nation want to keep the people ignorant of what the government is doing it is that the people find the activities of government boring when there is a plethora of easy to understand entertainment easily accessible to their TV, computer or local arena.

Prior to the advent of radio the general public was engaged by politics because it was one of the main topics of conversation at the local tavern. Since then however with more and more homes having access to telemedia and thereby access to cheap entertainment, even in public gatherings the topic of conversation is most likely to some topic other than politics.

In today’s society many consider the subject of politics to be taboo because it has the potential to be the impetus to a passionate argument rather than a pleasant discussion. Where religion used to occupy this space in the past today politics is now the forbidden subject in polite society.

While the Liberal Left seems to work tirelessly to dumb down the masses I don’t think ignorance of who occupies the 9 seats on the Supreme Court is a major hurdle for them, I think the general public has consciously decided to ignore these facts on their own.

22 posted on 08/21/2012 8:01:07 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Stevens, Breyer, Pagan, Sodomizer, and he whose name shall not ever be mentioned again.

That’s off the top of my head, no google employed.


23 posted on 08/21/2012 8:02:41 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Breyer is certainly the hardest to remember


24 posted on 08/21/2012 8:12:58 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Most Americans won’t care until it’s all gone. The ignorance is mind boggling.


25 posted on 08/21/2012 8:22:09 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: SeekAndFind
Wait I got this one...
26 posted on 08/21/2012 8:59:38 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

They should have asked me.

I call a number of the justices some very appropriate names all the time.


27 posted on 08/21/2012 9:04:43 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: DannyTN

“San Francisco Sutter, what the hell was Bush thinking?”

If you mean Souter, he is no longer on the court. The Self Agrandizing One replaced him.


28 posted on 08/21/2012 9:41:23 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: rwa265

Yeah, I missed that one. And I stopped at 7 despite all those 5-4 votes. I missed Alito, Kennedy, and Breyers


29 posted on 08/21/2012 9:54:26 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: C210N

Same here, I tried but couldn’t get them all. However I think if you gave me a list of 20 names including past SC’s to choose from I’d get them all.


30 posted on 08/21/2012 11:35:24 AM PDT by bkepley
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