Can you name a single member of the U.S. Supreme Court?
If you can, you’re more knowledgeable than two-thirds
percent of your fellow Americans, according to a study out today.
Twenty-percent of those surveyed can name John Roberts as one of the justices. He topped the list of justices people could name.
Stephanie Rahlfs, an editor at Eagan’s FindLaw.com, which conducted the study, tried to be kind in a news release about it:
“Recent rulings, particularly the decision upholding health care reform, have brought more attention to the U.S. Supreme Court than we’ve seen in past years. However, the High Court issues its rulings as a collective body. While justices can and do issue individual concurring and dissenting opinions, court sessions are conducted without TV cameras and deliberations take place behind closed doors. So while the decisions often have significant and lasting impact, the justices themselves are generally not very visible nor well known to the public as individuals.”
OK, let’s go with that.