Kavanaugh Best Known Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg Most Popular

Thirty-four percent (34%) of voters have a favorable opinion of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows that he is viewed unfavorably by 33%. Another 33% have either never heard of Justice Kavanaugh or don’t know enough to have an opinion.

While Kavanaugh is the newest member of the Court, those numbers make him the best known. In fact, five of the nine Justices are unknown by a majority of American voters.

Close behind Kavanaugh in terms of name recognition is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She receives a much more positive assessment–44% favorable and 21% unfavorable. Ginsburg is viewed favorably by 62% of Democrats, 40% of Independents, and 30% of Republicans (see crosstab results).

The ratings for Ginsburg and all the Justices have changed little since February or last September.

Overall, 66% now approve of the way the Supreme Court is doing it’s job. Forty-two percent (42%) think it’s ideological balance is about right. The remainder include 32% who believe it is too conservative and 26% who say too liberal.

The only other members of the Court recognized by most voters are Justice Clarence Thomas (32% favorable, 28% unfavorable) and Sonia Sotomayor (38% favorable, 18% unfavorable).

Chief Justice John Roberts earns positive reviews from 32% while 16% offer a negative assessment.

Justice Neil Gorsuch is viewed favorably by 27% and unfavorably by 20%.

The numbers for Justice Elena Kagen are 24% favorable and 15% unfavorable.

Justice Samuel Alito is seen in a positive light by 22% and negatively by 15%.

The least known member of the Court is Justice Stephen Breyer. Sixty-five percent (65%) don’t know enough to have an opinion of him. Twenty-two percent (22%) are favorably inclined towards Breyer and 13% take the opposite view.

There has also been little change in perceptions of the Supreme Court. Voters continue to give it higher approval ratings than any other branch of government.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted May 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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