There is an interesting C-SPAN survey out this week where ninety-one percent of citizens agreed that decisions on the Supreme Court impacted the lives of every American but a majority lack the ability to name a single justice.
Some fifty-two percent were unable to name one of the nine justices. The best known, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could be named by just twenty-five percent. Justice Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts came in for a tied second at fourteen percent.
One positive finding was that sixty-four percent support televised arguments — a reform that I have long advocated. However this was strangely down from a poll in 2015 when seventy-six percent backed TV cameras. I am surprised by the twelve percent drop in three years. Why would a sizable percentage of voters now oppose such access?