2 in 3 Americans Can't Name One Supreme Court Justice

John Roberts is best-known at 20%

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2012 4:48 PM CDT

(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%

The US Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice what's-his-name.
The US Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice what's-his-name.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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