It’s probably not surprising given the ever-growing prominence of Fox News as the information source of choice for so many Americans, but some of these new poll results on what average Americans think or believe continue to be remarkably disheartening.
For instance, according to a new poll only 28% could identify John Roberts as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This is from the Pew Research Center‘s “Daily Number”:
8% – Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall?
Asked to name the current chief justice of the Supreme Court, and given four possible names, nearly one-in-ten Americans (8%) choose Thurgood Marshall, despite the fact that Justice Marshall left the Supreme Court roughly 20 years ago, and passed away in 1993. In fact, very few Americans can name the current chief justice in a Pew Research news quiz; just 28% were able to correctly identify John Roberts. Another 6% thought the recently retired Justice John Paul Stevens was chief justice, while 4% named Sen. Harry Reid. A majority (53%) admitted that they did not know the answer. Americans have not always been so unknowledgeable about the Supreme Court. In November 1986, 43% correctly identified William Rehnquist as the chief justice, though 29% chose his predecessor, Warren Burger. And, in a January 2010 Pew Research news quiz, a majority (56%) correctly answered that more than one woman sat on the Supreme Court. Read more.”
No word yet on what percentage of Americans think Roberts is a Muslim.