Ginsburg, Roberts, Sotomayor Most Popular Supreme Court Justices

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is viewed favorably by 40% of voters nationwide. That’s higher positive rating than any of her colleagues on the Court.  A national survey found that she is viewed unfavorably by 25%.

Those totals include 23% with a Very Favorable opinion of the Justice and 13% with a Very Unfavorable view.

Most Democrats (56%) have a favorable view of Ginsburg while a solid plurality of Republicans (43%) voice a negative opinion.

While Ginsburg has a higher positive rating than any others on the Court, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor have slightly higher net numbers. Ginsburg’s net rating is +15 (40% favorable minus 25% unfavorable).

Roberts (32% favorable, 16% unfavorable) and Sotomayor (37% favorable and 21% unfavorable) both boast net ratings of +16.

This survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted for on September 19-20, 2018 by HarrisX, a leading research firm specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The statistical margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Ginsburg is the best known of the Justices with 65% feeling confident enough to voice at least a soft opinion of her.  However, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is currently better known with 68% offering an opinion (35% positive, 33% negative). It is likely his visibility would fall after a period of time on the Court.

Stephen Breyer is the least well-known Justice. Two-thirds of voters (65%) don’t know enough about him to voice any opinion at all. Twenty-one percent (21%) offer a positive assessment of Breyer while 14% see the opposite.

Merrick Garland, President Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee, is viewed favorably by 21% of voters and unfavorably by 16%. Garland never received a confirmation hearing or vote in the U.S. Senate.

See question wording and crosstabs.

Also, see a survey methodology discussion concerning favorability ratings of Brett Kavanaugh. presents this data to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us and review all of our recent data releases).

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