A new Zogby poll indicates that Americans’ badly need a primer on the highest court in the land: 77 percent can name two of the Seven Dwarfs and 74 percent the Three Stooges, but only 24 percent can do the same for two U.S. Supreme Court justices. And Justice Clarence Thomas is the most known — named by 20 percent, compared with nearly 11 percent for next-highest Justice Antonin Scalia — probably because of Thomas’ controversial confirmation hearings. The most-cited dwarf was Sleepy, followed by Dopey and Grumpy.
Another finding to make a teacher groan: A mere 42 percent knew that the legislative, executive and judicial branches comprise the federal government. And one more: 60 percent knew Krypton as Superman’s home planet, but 40 percent knew Mercury was the planet closest to the sun.
This is how David Letterman handled the poll: “According to a recent poll, more Americans can name the Seven Dwarfs than can name the nine Supreme Court justices. Strangely, Justice (David) Souter is on both lists.”
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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