March 2, 2006
First Amendment Rights v. Simpsons and American Idol Judges
In a contest between our fellow citizens' knowledge of "The Simpsons" and what they know about the First Amendment, Bart and Homer win hands down. So says a study by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum. The study found that
- 22% of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just 1 in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms; and
- more people could name the three "American Idol" judges than First Amendment rights
Additional findings include: 69% of people could name freedom of speech as a First Amendment right, just under 1 out of 4 people could name freedom of religion. Only 11% knew freedom of the press, 1 in 10 could name freedom of assembly and 1% named freedom to petition for redress of grievance.
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