Simpsons or 1st Amendment...
According to a McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum poll of 1,000 Americans awareness of just what the First Amendment protects, we're hurtin' for a civics class. Either that, or the Right To Drive a Car (no joke) is an unforgivable oversight on the part of the Framers.
Sure, 70% knew about the Speech thing, but:
Although 72% were able to name at least one of these rights correctly, this fell to only 28% who could name two or more, only 8% who could name three or more, only 2 percent who could name four or five. Remarkably, only one person of the 1,000 interviewed was able to correctly name all five freedoms.Here are the bee-yoo-ti-ful responses that send us whistling into the rapture: "One out of five (21%) Americans also agree that the First Amendment grants citizens the right to own and raise pets, something that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mentioned specifically in the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights." And: "almost one out of five (17%) Americans believe the right to drive a car is guaranteed by the First Amendment, although the automobile wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t invented until 100 years after the First Amendment was ratified."
Tim Grieve writes:
But it's not like Americans are ignorami or anything: While only 28 percent of those polled could name two or more rights protected by the First Amendment, 41 percent could name two out of three "American Idol" judges, and 52 percent could name two or more characters from "The Simpsons."(WarRoom)
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