[Marxism] What Americans don't know....
MLause at cinci.rr.com
Wed Mar 1 07:57:10 MST 2006
Here's some hair-raising numbers...reminding us that we're not working
in the U.S. of World War II or even of the 1960s.
Study: Few Americans Know 1st Amendment
By ANNA JOHNSON
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO - Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they
do about the First Amendment.
Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms
guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press,
assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can
name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.
The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22
percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members,
compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First
Joe Madeira, director of exhibitions at the museum, said he was
surprised by the results.
"Part of the survey really shows there are misconceptions, and part of
our mission is to clear up these misconceptions," said Madeira, whose
museum will be dedicated to helping visitors understand the First
Amendment when it opens in April. "It means we have our job cut out for
The survey found more people could name the three "American Idol" judges
than identify three First Amendment rights. They were also more likely
to remember popular advertising slogans.
It also showed that people misidentified First Amendment rights. About
one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected, and 38
percent said they believed the right against self-incrimination
contained in the Fifth Amendment was a First Amendment right, the survey
The telephone survey of 1,000 adults was conducted Jan. 20-22 by the
research firm Synovate and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3
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