A new national survey by FindLaw.com found an overwhelming majority of Americans fail when asked to name even one Supreme Court Justice. This despite a busy few years of high-profile cases like health care reform and Citizens United thrusting the country’s highest court into the spotlight.

According to the findings, only 1% of Americans can name all nine Justices.

Chief Justice John Roberts is the most frequently named Supreme Court justice.

The percentage of Americans who can name any U.S. Supreme Court justice are:

  • John Roberts – 20%
  • Antonin Scalia – 16%
  • Clarence Thomas – 16%
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg – 13%
  • Sonia Sotomayor – 13%
  • Anthony Kennedy – 10%
  • Samuel Alito – 5%
  • Elena Kagan – 4%
  • Stephen Breyer – 3%

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Kymberly Bays
Kymberly Bays

Raised in North County San Diego, Kym earned a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from Temple University. Kym is an active blogger, recipient of two Collegiate Keystone Press Awards, and her 2008 election coverage for The Temple News was featured on CBSNews.com. Also under her belt is a stint at the United States District Court in Pennsylvania and volunteer work for United Action for Children in Cameroon. Her interests lie in multimedia production, technology and foreign policy. She is an avid traveler and proficient in French. Politically she leans left and is a recovering Democrat, now happily a No Party Preference voter. Twitter: @KRBays

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Peter Barbour
Peter Barbour

This is a shame. Maybe most people don't think it is important to know, since they are appointed.

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