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Ernest Robles

A sample size of 1,099? How many of them could even name one US Sup Crt. Justice?


@Ernest: At least 808, since that is the minimum number who were able to name Justice Sotomayor.


@Ernest: The alternative (very high name recognition) may not be great either. I'll bet anything there was nearly 100% name recognition of Clarence Thomas in the early 1990s because of a can of Coke rather than his judicial background or his being the second black justice.

Dovie E.

What percentage could name all nine?

(I, personally, can name every Justice appointed since Woodrow Wilson's presidency, as well as every U.S. President and Vice President, and every incumbent U.S. Senator.)

Allen K.

Sadly, I suspect that far fewer could actually name one or more justices. The "name recognition" that PPP is talking about is the percentage of people who said "favorable" or "unfavorable" rather than "not sure," when asked about a particular justice. It's a pretty low bar -- and I don't know that we can necessarily draw conclusions about what proportion of the population could produce the name of (or any salient facts about) Sotomayor, Scalia, and the rest of the gang.

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