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Poll: More than half of Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court justice

Ron Sachs / CNP

More than half of likely U.S. voters can’t name a single Supreme Court justice, though 91 percent say the high court has an impact on their daily lives as citizens, according to a new C-SPAN poll.

Fifty-two percent of voters surveyed could not name any of the nine Supreme Court justices. Forty-eight percent of likely voters were able to name at least one justice, up from 43 percent in a similar C-SPAN poll in 2017.

Fifty-seven percent of those under the age 35 were unable to name a justice in this year’s survey, compared with 46 percent of respondents age 65 or older.

{mosads}Democrats and liberals were more likely to successfully name at least one justice, with 28 percent of Democrats naming one, compared to 18 percent of Republicans.

Respondents were most likely to name Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at 25 percent, followed by Justices John Roberts and Clarence Thomas. The least well-known justice, at 2 percent, was Stephen Breyer.

Thirty-nine percent of those polled said they support President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, while 35 percent opposed him. Twenty-six percent said they did not have an opinion or didn’t know who Kavanaugh is.

Thirty-five percent of likely voters were able to name Kavanaugh as Trump’s most recent pick, compared with 60 percent who failed to do so.

More than 70 percent of respondents said they get most of their news about the Supreme Court from television, and 64 percent said the high court should televise its oral arguments.

PSB Research conducted online interviews from Aug. 13 to 15 among 1,000 U.S. likely voters. The margin of error for the study is 3.1 percentage points.

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