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   Supreme Court Justices Unknown to Most Americans, Says New Survey

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1/10/2006 5:00 pm

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Entered 1/13/2006, Updated 1/13/2006

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Fifty-seven percent of Americans can't name any current Supreme Court justices, according to a new national survey conducted by FindLaw.com, the leading legal Web site. The survey found that only 43 percent of American adults can name at least one justice who is currently serving on the nation's highest court. Details on the survey of a representative sample of 1,000 adults nationwide can be found at http://public.findlaw.com/ussc/122005survey.html. The percentages of Americans who could name each current justice were as follows: 27% Sandra Day O'Connor 21% Clarence Thomas 16% John Roberts 13% Antonin Scalia 12% Ruth Bader Ginsburg 7% Anthony Kennedy 5% David Souter 3% Stephen Breyer 3% John Paul Stevens Additional results: -- More men than women (46% to 39%) can name at least one Supreme Court justice. -- The ability to correctly name Supreme Court justices rises with increases in age, education and household income. -- Five percent of Americans believe William Rehnquist still serves on the Supreme Court. The former chief justice died in September 2005. -- Two percent of Americans believe Samuel Alito is a Supreme Court justice. Alito was nominated for a seat on the Supreme Court by President Bush in October 2005, but has not yet been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. -- The percentage of Americans who can name all nine current Supreme Court justices, statistically speaking, is zero. -- The percentage of Americans who can name eight or more of the nine current Supreme Court justices also statistically rounds to zero.


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