D'oh! A recent survey conducted by McCormick Tribune Foundation showed that while 52 percent of Americans can name at least two characters of the Simpsons TV cartoon family, only 28 percent are able to name more than one of the five fundamental freedoms granted to them by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The random telephone survey of 1,000 American adults was conducted Jan. 20-22, 2006 by Synovate, an independent market research firm.
The five First Amendment freedoms, and the percentage of those surveyed who were able to name them:
- Freedom of speech (69 percent)
- Freedom of Religion (24 percent)
- Freedom of the Press (11 percent)
- Freedom of Assembly (10 percent)
- Freedom to Petition for Redress of Grievances (1 percent)
One in five respondents said the First Amendment granted them the right to own and raise pets, as well as the right to drive.
"These survey results clearly demonstrate that many Americans don't have an understanding of the freedoms they regularly enjoy," said Dave Anderson, executive director, McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in a press release.
Also See: The Bill of Rights