The Supreme Court? Take a guess

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, 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.

  • Eli

    Hey Bob. Check that second line: If only the correct figure were two-thirds (of one) percent…

  • Kassie

    Really? I mean, I figured most couldn’t name all of them, but not even one? Not even Clarence Thomas?

  • Mark Gisleson

    There are times when I strain to remember all nine of them, but not many. Nine old men and old women who freely abuse the Constitution for political gain, rewriting our founding fathers’ thoughts in support of ideology not dreamt of in Colonial times.

    Yes, I’m looking at you “Justice” Scalia. And what the heck is up with having an ALL Catholic/Jewish Supreme Court? Aren’t we due for an atheist or two? Or at least a Protestant?

  • Steve

    But ask them to name all of the finalists on the last season of American Idol and I bet you’d get some different results.

  • Robert Moffitt

    Other than Diana Ross, I’m not sure I could name any of the others.