Poll: Clarence Thomas is most recognizable, most favorable SCOTUS justice

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has earned a reputation for remaining largely quiet on the bench.

According to a new poll, however, he emerged as the most recognized justice currently serving on the nation’s highest court — not to mention the most popular.

Recognizable names

YouGov and The Economist conducted the online survey between March 6-9, polling 1,500 individuals “representative of all U.S. citizens” with a margin of error listed as 2.7%.

One question asked respondents whether they have a “favorable” or “unfavorable” opinion of the individual justices as well as whether their names are recognizable.

The top three names — Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett — are considered part of the court’s conservative wing and were recognizable to 67%, 66%, and 64% of those polled, respectively.

Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor came in fourth place with 62% of respondents recognizing her, after which there was a significant dropoff for the remaining five justices. Justice Stephen Breyer came in last place with recognition from just 44% of those surveyed.

Notably, Thomas, Kavanaugh, and Barrett each survived contentious U.S. Senate hearings prior to their ultimate confirmations, leading pollsters to determine that this could be one reason they represent the most recognizable names on the bench.

Political preferences

For Sotomayor’s part, her participation in the recent inauguration ceremony by administering the oath of office to Vice President Kamala Harris likely helped her favorability score.

Thomas also attracted the highest favorability rating in the poll with 37%. Sotomayor came in a close second with 36%.

As expected, approval for most of the justices broke down largely along ideological lines. For example, Thomas was viewed favorably by 59% of Republicans while Sotomayor received a favorable rating from 63% of Democrats. On the other hand, just over 2 in 10 Democrats gave Thomas a favorable rating and only 13% of GOP respondents approved of Sotomayor.

The poll also gauged support for “the way the Supreme Court of the United States is handling its job,” determining that Democrats are more likely to approve than Republicans.

Overall, 41% of respondents approved of the court’s performance, compared to 37% who disapproved. Given its decision not to hear cases on various topics, including a challenge to the results of November’s presidential election, it might not be surprising that Republicans are less likely to show their support.

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  1. I think Barrett and Kavanaugh as Trump pushed to get both confirmed have become the most liberal conservatives in years, they need to do the job for the American people they represent.

    1. Perhaps their families (children’s lives) have been threatened by demonrats to force them to vote the way they did. The demonrats in our government are completely EVIL!

      1. That comes with the job. Normal judges hold the same threats on their life as do these Supreme court judges. They all knew what was coming down the pike when they accepted the nomination. They have no excuse not to do the job that they accepted and my personal feelings if they can’t do the job that they committed to do they need to resign…plain and simple. Everyone wanted Trump to give up on Kavanaugh but Trump said no and this is the thanks that Trump gets from Kavanaugh. These Justices are so afraid that the democrats are going to pack the court that they are rolling over for the dems and that is sick and pathetic.

    1. I don’t trust the Ussy Court of the US any longer! Roberts is a POS but I do like Judge Thomas! Kavanaugh is a joke and the jury is still out on Barrett!

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  3. LOL i think Trump listened to the wrong people picking the SCOTUS these three belong back out out the streets worthless shi–. I never expecting much form Roberts he was a big pal of the Clintons, especially Billy’s boy’s. If people in Texas have not figured it out yet the Bush’s are also big Democrat’s they have to run as Republicans in your state are no one would ever elect them. People should get the real news and double check before voting just because you like someone doesn’t mean they share your idea’s. It is for sure and certain the fake news will never ask the hard question of a Democrat. What gives Biden the right to bring people into America and impose the will of the government on the people, I understand that Biden is going to spend 86 million on housing paid for me we the tax payer while we have millions of homeless people, mostly on the streets as it is.

    1. The whole DemonRAT party should be ousted as they swore to uphold the Constitution but they’re trying to change it!!!

  4. I think our Supreme Court is a laugh except for Judge Thomas! Judge Roberts is part of the smelly swamp! They turned their back on the 75 million of American voters by not hearing the cases of the rigged 2020 election. Judge Roberts stated he was scared of what Antifa and the BLM would do. Roberts, you lack “balls”. Someone bought you long time ago as you are not for the citizens of our country!!!!! The swearing in should never have taken place until all the cases were heard. Now we have two stupid communist people, dumb and dumber running our country! This is all because of our federal judges, SCOTUS, Pence who hid behind his faith when all President Trump wanted was a recount of the legal votes – thanks to all of you unAmericans that said that our 2020 wasn’t rigged.
    You are all damn liars!

    1. You are 1000% correct in all you said. Amazing how the rigged election of 2020 is never mentioned anymore isn’t it? SCOTUS let all of America down in 4 words; I CAN’T HEAR YOU. Every last one should be thrown out on their head except for Justice Thomas. Pence can claim Christianity all he wants; and that is ultimately between him and God, however I’m simply not convinced. You know there is a statement made in the Bible that says, “you will know them by their fruits”. When it is put in those words, and we saw what we saw on Jan 6th; what do you think?

  5. I think they should do the job thst they took don’t worry about any political part if they can’t do that than resign

  6. HOPE WITH THIS FBI INVESTIGATION ON BRETT THEY CAN TAKE HIM OUT OF THIS POSITION THAT TRUMP WORKED SO HARD TO GET HIM IN THAT JUDGE SEAT SO NOW HE TURN HIS BACK ON EVERY ONE OF US IT IS TIME FOR THE FBI TO GET RID OF HIM

  7. I THINK THE SUPERIOR COURT ARE BLACK MAIL BY SCHUMER AND BY THIS TREAT THEY DON’T FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION, AND IT IS SAD ,WHY HAVE A SUPERIOR COURT IF THEY DON’T DO THERE JOB IT IS VERY SAD , I DON’T BELIEVE IN THE SUPERIOR COURT IT IS SO CORRUPT JUST LIKE THE REST OF THE REPUBLICAIN, WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR FOR CUOMO TO BE PAID FOR HIS ACTION.

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