Skip to comments.Most Americans Canít Name a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Survey Says
Posted on 08/21/2012 7:07:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The U.S. Supreme Courts recent landmark rulings on health care and immigration have made the nations 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 cant 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 otherseven 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.
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But they can name all the contestants on “Dancing with the Stars”.
Elites want ignorant Americans. Easier to manipulate and to make them wards of the state (Rat voters).
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.
They also don’t know who their senators and congresspersons are. Heck, they can’t even identify the capital city of their own state.
That means one-third CAN name one.
Drat! Looks like the socialists need to finally get serious about destroying education.
"What good fortune for leaders, that the people do not think."
- Adolf Hitler
Just curious - anybody know if Roberts has shown his face yet, after his traitorous, unconstitutional ruling?
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.
Larry, Moe, Curly, Joe, Curly Joe and Shemp.
I can only name nine. That must be about half of them. Right?:>)
Of course they can’t. Only the President can name a Supreme Court justice.
Not only that, they can spell their names too I bet.
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.
Most Americans are completely uninformed idiots. But we already knew that.
The bad thing is that they are still allowed to vote.
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.
all that matters is they know which circle to fill in to get free stuff.
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).
It was during prohibition that women first got to vote. There’s got to be some meaning in that.
That may be true but I dont 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 isnt 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 todays 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 dont 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.
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.
Breyer is certainly the hardest to remember
Most Americans won’t care until it’s all gone. The ignorance is mind boggling.
Hey that's seven. How'd I do?
They should have asked me.
I call a number of the justices some very appropriate names all the time.
“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.
Yeah, I missed that one. And I stopped at 7 despite all those 5-4 votes. I missed Alito, Kennedy, and Breyers
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.