Thursday, April 15, 2010

Poll O' the Week: Supreme Court Justices

[I halted our weekly poll a day early since I got tired of having that scroll bar at the top of the blog. And now I can't think of another question. Help!]

So, clearly, dear readers, you are a bunch of overachievers. Nearly half of you can name all nine justices?

Brainiacs. Disgusting, really.

Here are the results:

2 (1 - Stevens. Since you included his name in the poll)
2 (2 - 3 Who cares? They're a bunch of doddering old fools that don't have any impact on my life)
2 (4 - 5 I'm struggling. Help)
1 (6-8 - So close. But I forgot the name of the newest one)
5 (All 9 - Oh yeah, baby! I aced US History, thankyouverymuch)

Votes so far: 12
Poll closed 

For the rest of you, don't worry one iota if you can get all of 'em, you're ahead of the game:

According to a December 2005 national survey conducted by FindLaw, only 43 percent of
American adults can name at least one justice who is currently serving on the nation's highest court.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans can't name any current U.S. Supreme Court justices.
[Sonja here: For SHAME America. Step it up.]
The percentages of Americans who could name each current justice were as follows:
  • Sandra Day O'Connor - 27% (no longer serving)
  • Clarence Thomas - 21%
  • John Roberts - 16%
  • Antonin Scalia - 13%
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg - 12%
  • Anthony Kennedy - 7%
  • David Souter - 5% (no longer serving)
  • Stephen Breyer - 3%
  • John Paul Stevens - 3%
The national survey used a representative sample of 1,000 adults nationwide,
with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, and conducted for by Ipsos Public Affairs.
And, of course, we now have Justices Sotomayor and Alito.

So, the current list (soon to change) is:

  • Samuel Alito
  • Clarence Thomas 
  • John Roberts 
  • Antonin Scalia 
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
  • Anthony Kennedy 
  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • Stephen Breyer
  • John Paul Stevens (retiring)

Interesting factoid, five of the justices are catholic, yet only 24% of the US population considers 

themselves to belong that faith. Two are jewish, one protestant, and one episcopalian.

Time to get creative, Obama. How about a gay Asian atheist? A transgender Native American Buddhist? 

Let's shake things up a bit.


  1. Eh. Yay for having a legal gig for a job. You know information like this... make me a huge hit at parties. Truly.

  2. I didn't vote 'cause I'm lazy, but I can't name them. Mostly b/c if I want/need to know I can look it up. (I'm smart like that.) lol

  3. Jessika,

    Can you stick you in my back pocket when I go out on the town? Because I seriously need to have an endless stream of this sort of thing handy.

    I came up with all nine, but only after about 10 minutes of thinking about it..and writing the names down. Lame.

    I agree, Amanda, knowing where to get information is half the battle.