U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is the most popular justice among Republicans, according to a YouGov survey released this week.
The Republican survey respondents selected Thomas with a 59 percent rating, compared with Justice Amy Coney Barrett at 55 percent and Justice Brett Kavanaugh at 53 percent.
Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch ranked fourth at 42 percent.
Only 11 percent of Republicans expressed an unfavorable view of Thomas. Twenty-nine percent selected they weren’t sure.
The most favorable SCOTUS justices among Democrats and Republicans:
Sotomayor: 63% favorable / 9% unfavorable
Kagan: 45% / 14%
Roberts: 39% / 24%
— YouGov America (@YouGovAmerica) March 17, 2021
Thomas is both the longest-serving conservative justice and the only African American in the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991.
In contrast, Chief Just John Roberts was viewed favorably by only 27 percent of Republicans.“Chief Justice Roberts is the sole case of a Justice faring worse with those from the party of the president who nominated them than with those in the opposition party,” YouGov said of the poll results.
“In the last few years, Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, has cast the deciding vote in a number of cases, occasionally disagreeing with the Court’s conservatives. The most notable example was his vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare).”
Views of Trump’s historic selection of three justices in four years continue to rank high among Republicans. Thomas, however, remains the favorite among the current conservative 6-3 majority in the court.