Ruth Bader Ginsburg Still Most Popular Justice, John Roberts Second

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters have a favorable view of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That’s higher any of her colleagues on the Court and up slightly from September.  A new national survey shows that she is viewed unfavorably by 24%.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Democrats have a favorable view of Ginsburg, while 40% of Republicans have an unfavorable view (see crosstab results).

Ginsburg not only has a higher positive rating than any others on the Court, she also has higher net numbers. Ginsburg’s net rating is +19 (43% favorable minus 24% unfavorable). Next closest is Chief Justice John Roberts with a net rating of +17 (32% favorable minus 15% unfavorable). Justice Sonia Sotomayor has a net rating of +16 (37% positive, 21% negative.

Perceptions of Ginsburg have changed little despite increased media attention on the Justice. She has made news both because of her recent cancer surgery and hospitalization plus the release of a feature film, On the Basis of Sex, about her early legal career.

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.

The newest Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, retains a much higher name recognition than all of his new colleagues. Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters have a favorable view of him while 34% say the opposite. Those figures have changed little since September. His net rating of +1 is the lowest on the Court.

Three Justices–Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch have a net rating of +10. Justice Elena Kagan is at +8 and Stephen Breyer is +7. Breyer has the lowest name recognition–65% of voters either don’t know who he is or don’t know enough to have an opinion. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 3-4, 2019 by 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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