Clarence Thomas ranks most well-known, most favorable among Supreme Court justices: Poll

Though he is known for being among the quietest justices in U.S. Supreme Court history, a recent poll shows that Justice Clarence Thomas is the most popular person currently serving on the high bench.

Of the nine Supreme Court justices, Thomas ranked highest in favorability overall and was by far the most popular pick among Republicans, according to the Washington Examiner.

Popularity along party lines

Notably, GOP-appointed Chief Justice John Roberts was actually viewed more favorably by Democrats than Republicans in the poll conducted by The Economist/YouGov.

Pollsters surveyed 1,500 U.S. adults between March 6–9 with a sample weighted to accurately represent the nation’s demographics. The results have a margin of error listed as 2.7%.

The poll generally found that the most well-known members of the Supreme Court — for better or worse — happened to be those who were confirmed following a highly contentious nomination process. The top three most recognizable names were Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.

Overall, Thomas was not only the most well-known but received the highest favorability rating at 37%. Another 30% of respondents viewed him unfavorably and one-third were unsure or had no opinion.

Among just Republicans, Thomas was the clear favorite with a favorability rating of 59%. Rounding out the top three were Justices Barrett and Kavanaugh, with 55% and 53% GOP favorability, respectively.

Roberts emerges as outlier

For Democrats, Justice Sonia Sotomayor received the highest marks with a favorability rating of 63% — just 9% of respondents in the party view her unfavorably. Following in a distant second was Justice Elena Kagen, who was seen favorably by 45% of Democratic respondents compared to a 14% unfavorable rating.

Interestingly, Roberts, who was appointed by former President George H.W. Bush, placed third among Democrats’ most favored justices with 39% favorable and 24% unfavorable ratings. the chief justice’s favorable rating was four points higher than former President Bill Clinton’s appointee Justice Stephen Breyer.

As for how Americans view the performance of the nation’s highest court in general, Democrats are the most approving, with 48% saying they support its actions compared to 34% who do not. Among Republicans, the Supreme Court is actually underwater by a margin of 39% to 41%.

Approval for the Supreme Court’s handling of its duties was evenly split among independents at 40%, while it earned 41% approval — compared to 37% disapproval — overall.

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  1. For the last several months, they have been the Supreme Do Nothing Court.
    They have abandon the American People. And we are very angry!!

  2. Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are the only Supreme Court Justices qualified by following the constitutional law of the land consecutively . The rest have issues in my opinion!

    1. Justices Thomas and Alito absolutely! get my and my husband’s vote for most qualified and responsive S.C. Justices. Roberts has been ‘bought off.’ He should not be Chief Justice, as he’s useless.

      1. I agree with you Sandy, Roberts has been bought off! Remember seeing his name on the “Lolita Express” and it’s hard to tell just what they do have on HIM! He needs to be investigated and at least removed as chief justice!

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  4. Clarence Thomas is a democrat communist ho take the big salary doing nothing ,like the rest democratic communist !!! But what they doing very good is to lie ,chit ,and killing the american nation whit all the losers ho they let to come in our country,to can destroy this nation thanks to PELOSI AND THE IDIOT BIDEN HO FALL IN HES NOSE WALKING !!!!

    1. Are you sure you have the right people in the right place? Your comment does not make a lot of sense.

      1. Edward, cut the woman a break. She’s obviously from Eastern Europe, doesn’t like Communists, and speaks English a lot better than you or I speak her language. Ilona, welcome to America. Good luck on your new life.

    2. I really can’t understand what you are trying to say. It makes no sense. And your spelling is atrocious

  5. I can’t say who is the best on the SCOTUS but I think both Sotomayor and Roberts are the worst. Roberts apparently doesn’t agree with or follow the U. S. Constitution and Sotomayor said when she was appointed she would favor certain people over others which makes her a bigot, if not a racist.

  6. Judge Clarence Thomas is not only the most honest and respected on the Supreme Court but he also adheres to the Constitution but has been the most demonized due to his conservative and moral stance regarding the rights of the people of all races but also the right side of justice. A rare find in our government anywhere.

  7. So true, Dr. Buddemeyer. Judge Thomas has never strayed from the Constitution. It’s truly sad what has become of our SCOTUS! Nothing seems to bother most of the judges when it comes to constitutional law and maintaining honesty, integrity, and judicial judgements, unless it favors their particular needs! Did they truly believe that is what they were voted in for? Did they already decide how far thy intended to carry forth what the court’s demands were? So awful!!

  8. The best judges on the scotus are Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch! The rest are useless phony’s who do not follow the constitution! Roberts needs to be removed as Chief Justice, he is compromised!

  9. Barrett and Kavanaugh are total cowards. These spinless lowlifes have not backed Trump yet but have been siding with the 3 liberals including Roberts.

  10. This is a sad sad World we’re living in today you do not know who to believe anymore the Supreme Court is right with them the FBI is right with them the CIA is right with them the Pentagon is right with them the Democrat that is and half of the Republicans if not almost all of them. I am just watching the show I cannot wait to see the ending

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