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Out of Our Minds
Thursday, March 02, 2006 11:55 AM
Today's Scary Stats
Kevin Salwen on Culture

Want to impress the American public? Go for Marge or Homer. Those are apparently the conclusions to be drawn from a new survey by the McCormick Tribune (as in Chicago Tribune) Freedom Museum.

About 1 in 4 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 of Americans can name at least two members of the fictional (Simpsons) cartoon family, according to a survey by the museum.

Taken the next step: 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, but only 1 in 1,000 could name all five First Amendment freedoms.

Rights schmights. We've got TV!


1 comment

EM Sky - 3/8/2006 10:07:32 AM
Just out of curiosity, what's the intersection of those last two sets? In other words, what's the percentage that could name all five First Amendment rights AND all five Simpson family members? Just wondering what kind of company I'm keeping...

- EM

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