A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that Justice Brett Kavanaugh is viewed favorably by 35% of voters nationwide and unfavorably by 33%. Those figures represent an improvement from August when 30% viewed the newest Justice in favorable terms and 35% offered a negative assessment.
The improvement comes following a month in which a controversial New York Times article resurfaced allegations against Kavanaugh. However, the article was widely criticized for leaving out significant relevant information.
Republicans, by a 63% to 13% margin, have a favorable opinion of Kavanaugh. Democrats, by a 50% to 18% margin, take the opposite view. Among Independent voters, he receives favorable reviews from 27% and unfavorable assessments from 34% (see full crosstab results..
Despite the fact that he is the newest member of the court, Kavanaugh has the highest name recognition of any Justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a close second and remains the most popular Supreme Court Justice. She is viewed favorably by 45% and unfavorably by 21%. Another 34% have either never heard of her or don’t know enough to have an opinion.
Only two other Justices are recognized by a majority of voters: Clarence Thomas (35% favorable, 27% unfavorable) and Sonia Sotomayor (37% favorable, 21% unfavorable).
Chief Justice John Roberts is recognized by 49% (32% favorable, 17% unfavorable).
Justice Neil Gorsuch is viewed favorably by 30% and unfavorably by 15%.
The numbers for Justice Elena Kagen are 25% favorable and 19% unfavorable.
Justice Samuel Alito is seen in a positive light by 26% and negatively by 15%.
The least known member of the Court is Justice Stephen Breyer. Sixty-three percent (63%) don’t know enough to have an opinion of him. Twenty-four (24%) are favorably inclined towards Breyer and 13% take the opposite view.
Perhaps because the individual Justices are not household names, the Supreme Court itself continues to receive positive reviews. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters approve of the way the Supreme Court is doing it’s job. Forty percent (40%) also think it’s ideological balance is about right. The remainder include 35% who believe it is too conservative and 25% who say too liberal.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted October 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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