I am the 1% (of SCOTUS Nerds)

August 21st, 2012

Because I can name all nine Justices, according to this survey from FindLaw.

Chief Justice John Roberts is the most well known of the justices, but could be named by only one in five Americans. Only one percent of Americans can correctly name all nine sitting Justices. 

I am the 1%!

Recognition of the Justices is quite low.

According to the FindLaw survey, the percentage of Americans who can name any U.S. Supreme Court justice are:

  • 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%

Poor Justice Breyer. Why is he the least-known Justice? Clarence Thomas hasn’t said a word in years and he is five times more known! Breyer keeps writing books, and he doesn’t break 4 %.

As best as I can tell, this survey was created for the sole purpose of promoting FindLaw (owned by ThompsonReuters). Only one question seems to have been asked, and the poll results were not released.

The FindLaw.com survey was conducted using a demographically balanced telephone survey of 1,000 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus three percent.

Note to editors: Full survey results and analysis are available upon request