How can anyone stand up for their rights, if they don’t know what their rights are?
And, a new study found that the country is in danger.
Over 1,000 people were polled about their civic rights, and the results are horrifying.
There is little information on the exact respondents other than they survey claims that there were a number of democrats, conservatives and independents questioned.
Only a bare 26 percent of the adults polled were able to name all three branches of the federal government. Maybe Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can make herself feel better with that fact (she couldn’t name them either).
Conservatives were more likely to know the three branches.
Interestingly, 57 percent of people thought the First Amendment was under attack, but only 48 percent recognized that freedom of speech is included in it.
It is true that free speech is under siege by internet goliaths, but if people don’t know what the First Amendment says, how can they accurately identify the threat?
Some other highlights about the dismal knowledge of Americans include:
- Only 15 percent knew that freedom of religion was included
- Just 14 percent thought freedom of the press was included
- Only 10 percent knew that free assembly was included
- Meager 3 percent knew it allows the right to petition the government
- Interestingly, 3 percent of people thought the right to life was included (it’s not, it’s in the Declaration of Independence)
- Sadly, about half thought that “liberty” was included
- And, 49 percent of people ignorantly thought “pursuit of happiness’ was in the Bill of Rights
“Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome,” says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, in a press release.
“These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”
However, most democrats don’t want people to know their rights.
The study found that only 26 percent of the people surveyed knew how many amendments were in the Bill of Rights.
One in five people wasn’t familiar with the Bill of Rights when asked.
“One in seven admitted they have trouble telling the difference between real and fake news, while 31 percent agree the mainstream media struggles to report the news of the day without inserting bias within their coverage.”
“The online epidemic of misinformation, false news stories and election disinformation campaigns pose significant threats to democratic rights. The respondents’ alarm is well-placed,” says Alan C. Miller, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project.
That isn’t true.
Americans have rights under a Republic form of government with democratically elected representatives.
The survey was conducted in October 2018 by market researcher OnePoll for Samuel Hubbard, because the company has launched a new shoe line called ‘Freedom Collection’ that features the First Amendment engraved on the sole.
The poll’s findings have a sampling error of about 3.7 percentage points, but like all surveys, the participant group has a lot to do with the results. For example, if all the respondents were found in New York, the results could be much different than if they were polled from Texas or Tennessee.
But, the real problem with the findings is the embarrassing ignorance of the American people and the public schools that have produced it.