Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has begun his confirmation hearings. While there will be a huge amount of press coverage surrounding this event, it’s worth remembering that the American people just don’t care about the high court all that much.
If the American people truly did, in fact, care about the Supreme Court, they’d certainly know more about the people serving than they currently do:
Only 43 percent of like U.S. voters can name a Supreme Court justice, according to a C-SPAN survey released Sunday.
The survey comes as President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, began confirmation hearings on Monday.
According to the survey, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named more than her fellow justices, with 16 percent of those surveyed giving her name.
Chief Justice John Roberts followed behind, at 12 percent, and Justice Clarence Thomas was named by 10 percent of people surveyed.
The numbers drop off precipitously from there, with just 3 percent naming Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
While the Court became a flashpoint in the 2016 election, it’s absurd to think that any substantial number of voters cast their vote based on who Trump or Clinton would have nominated. After all, just 4-in-10 voters can even name a current occupant of the bench.
The Supreme Court is beyond important, and the media will remind us of that over the coming days and weeks. Those reading sites like mine likely understand that, but as you fill your social media feeds with news about Gorsuch and his confirmation, perhaps take a few moments to help your friends and family understand SCOTUS. Right now, they just don’t know, and they just don’t care.