Freedom from speech ... d'oh!

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum's survey shows more Americans can identify characters from the cartoon "The Simpsons" than their First Amendment rights.

Percentage who could name these rights:

* 69 percent, freedom of speech

* 24 percent, freedom of religion

* 11 percent, freedom of the press

* 10 percent, freedom of assembly

* 1 percent, freedom to petition for redress of grievances

Percentage who could name "Simpsons" characters:

* 61 percent, Bart

* 51 percent, Homer (pictured at right)

* 43 percent, Marge

* 34 percent, Lisa

* 29 percent, Maggie

* 22 percent, all five characters

* 34 percent, none of the characters

Percentage who believe First Amendment rights include:

* 55 percent, trial by jury

* 53 percent, right to vote

* 45 percent, right to own a gun

* 38 percent, right against self-incrimination

* 21 percent, right to own and raise pets

* 17 percent, right to drive a car

SOURCE: McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum

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