2 in 3 Americans Can't Name One Supreme Court Justice
John Roberts is best-known at 20%
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 21, 2012 4:48 PM CDT
The US Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice what's-his-name.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Nine people helped determine the fate of ObamaCare this year—and most Americans can't name a single one. Two-thirds of us are unable to name a Supreme Court justice, according to legal website FindLaw.com's poll of 1,000 people. Chief Justice John Roberts was the most familiar name, known by just 20% of respondents. Only 3% could name Stephen Breyer, making him the least-known. The justices and their recognition levels, according to the Wall Street Journal:

  • John Roberts: 20%
  • Antonin Scalia: 16%
  • Clarence Thomas: 16%
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 13%
  • Sonia Sotomayor: 13%
  • Anthony Kennedy: 10%
  • Samuel Alito: 5%
  • Elena Kagan: 4%
  • Stephen Breyer: 3%

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Aug 22, 2012 12:17 PM CDT
Judge Judy, Judge Wopner, Judge Harry Stone and.............jeez (he said looking at the fingers of his outstretched hand and scratching his head) I can't remember the fourth one. Oops !
Aug 22, 2012 10:38 AM CDT
not surprising at all in light of today's public education systems. i've watched "Man on the street" interviews with "College students" who couldn't tell who the VP of the United states is. PUBLIC schools have becme nothing more than indoctrinitation centers now with teachers pushing their agendas: gay rights, illegal immigration, abortion, ethnic studies putting one ethnic group over another, .degrading the US and it's history and foreign policies, endorsing political candidates, trying to degrade religious beliefs...it goes on. PUBLICLY FUNDED schools are supposed to teach children how to read, write, and do basic arhimetic, basic history, basic geography any thing beyond that should be done on the parents, or their own, dime & time and NOT in a PUBLICLY FUNDED institute.
Aug 22, 2012 9:25 AM CDT
And some of these turkeys even vote in political elections. Yeah, I know SC judges are appointed not voted in but they are indeed part of the system.