As several recent, hotly-contested confirmation battles have demonstrated, significant segments of the American electorate remain highly engaged when it comes to those who take the bench at the U.S. Supreme Court, and new polling data indicates which justices have garnered the greatest amount of notoriety with the public.
A survey conducted by The Economist and YouGov revealed that solidly conservative Justice Clarence Thomas – a frequent focus of the left’s ire – is the best-loved high court jurist among Republicans, earning a favorability rating of 59%, as Breitbart, reported.
The poll, conducted online between March 6 and 9, utilized a sample of 1,500 American adults and had a margin of error of roughly 2.7%.
Thomas’ high favorability among Republicans was followed closely by impressive ratings notched by recent SCOTUS additions Amy Coney Barrett at 55% and Brett Kavanaugh at 53%, according to YouGov.
Interestingly, the survey found that only Chief Justice John Roberts – tapped for the court by former President George W. Bush – received worse ratings among members of the political party from which his nomination originated than from the opposition party.
A descendant of slaves, Thomas was confirmed to the post in 1991 following a contentious confirmation fight and remains the longest-sitting conservative and the only Black justice currently serving on the high court, as The Hill noted.
Despite his indisputable status as one of the most notable figures in American history, Thomas has long been a favorite target of the left, with his impressive personal and professional history largely downplayed or even ignored by institutions such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Upon its initial opening in 2016, the cultural attraction referenced Thomas only in connection with misconduct allegations made by former staffer Anita Hill during his confirmation hearings, as Fox News reported.
Last month, technology and e-commerce leviathan Amazon pulled a highly-regarded PBS film entitled Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words from its popular Prime Video streaming service, while simultaneously promoting a documentary about Hill’s claims against him.
No matter how hard liberals try to marginalize Justice Thomas and to negate his towering role in American jurisprudence, it is indeed reassuring that Republicans in large numbers recognize and celebrate the contributions he has made.