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    Doh! Americans Know The Simpsons Better than First Amendment By LiveScience Staff and Wire Reports 01 March 2006 Americans know more about Bart and Homer
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      Doh! Americans Know 'The Simpsons' Better than First Amendment
      By LiveScience Staff and Wire Reports
      01 March 2006


      Americans know more about Bart and Homer than they do about their own
      freedom.

      About 22 percent of Americans can name all five of the fictional
      "Simpsons" family members-Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. But
      just one in 1,000 people surveyed could name all five freedoms granted
      under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. [The article
      doesn't mention how many Americans know which is more: "22%" or "one
      in 1000" -atom]

      For the record, and so you can now dazzle your friends with what can
      now be called trivia, the freedoms are: freedom of speech, religion,
      press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.

      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
      Amendment freedoms.

      "These survey results clearly demonstrate that many Americans don't
      have an understanding of the freedoms they regularly enjoy," said Dave
      Anderson, executive director of the museum.

      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 us."

      The survey found that only one in four Americans can name more than
      one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. More than
      half can name at least two members of the cartoon family.

      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 found.

      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
      percentage points.

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