A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the most popular Supreme Court Justice. She is viewed favorably by 43% and unfavorably by 22%. Another 35% have either never heard of her or don’t know enough to have an opinion.
At the other extreme is Brett Kavanaugh, the newest member of the Court. He is viewed favorably by 30% and unfavorably by 35%. That makes him the only Justice with net negative numbers.
Only three other Justices are recognized by a majority of voters: Clarence Thomas (34% favorable, 29% unfavorable), Sonia Sotomayor (36% favorable, 21% unfavorable), and Chief Justice John Roberts (30% favorable, 21% unfavorable).
Justice Neil Gorsuch is viewed favorably by 25% and unfavorably by 21%.
The numbers for Justice Elena Kagen are 24% favorable and 19% unfavorable.
Justice Samuel Alito is seen in a positive light by 25% and negatively by 18%.
The least known member of the Court is Justice Stephen Breyer. Sixty-two percent (62%) don’t know enough to have an opinion of him. Twenty percent (20%) are favorably inclined towards Breyer and 17% take the opposite view.
Perhaps because the individual Justices are not household names, the Supreme Court itself continues to receive positive reviews. Fifty-nine percent (59%) 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 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 4-5, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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