Not that I would ever suggest that any American be deprived of the rights under the Constitution and within the limits of the law to vote, it seems to me that at least a basic level of awareness of the contemporary issues and knowledge of government would be helpful in achieving good governance. This poll, conducted by FindLaw.com and reported in the Wall Street Journal indicates that maybe our electorate isn’t as “with it” as you would hope. It finds that two out of three Americans polled could not name a single Supreme Court Justice – not a single one. With nine to choose from , they could not name even single, solitary one.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark rulings on health care and immigration have made the nation’s highest court a topic at kitchen tables, coffee shops, and water coolers across the country.
The most well-known member of the court was Chief Justice John Roberts, the survey showed. But even Justice Roberts could only be named by 20% of the respondents.
The most anonymous member of the court, according to the survey, was Stephen Breyer, with 3% of respondents naming him. Justices Anthony Kennedy (10%), Samuel Alito (5%) and Elena Kagan (4%) each were named by 10% or fewer of the people surveyed.
But even with all that debate over the Supreme Court and its rulings, two-thirds of Americans can’t name any justices, according to a survey released Monday by FindLaw.com, a legal information Web site.
How in God’s name can an electorate make intelligent choices when they know so little about government? You would think that at least the Obamacare decision, that something as controversial as that would have at least caused more to at least know the name of one Justice.
With statistics like this it is no wonder that people don’t understand John Locke or our founding documents. I guess to them what happened on Jersey Shore last week or if Tom and Katie are sharing custody of Suri are the most important issue of the day.