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Study: few Americans know 1st Amendment


Study: few Americans know 1st Amendment

This photo supplied by Fox Television shows, clockwise from top left: Homer, Marge, Maggie, Santa's Little Helper, Bart, Snowball II and Lisa on "The Simpsons"

Americans apparently know more about "The Simpsons" than they do about theFirst Amendment

Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly andpetitionforredressof grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.

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.

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 toclear upthese misconceptions," said Madeira, whose museum will be dedicated to helping visitors understand the First Amendment when it opens in April.

The survey found more people could name the three "American Idol" judges than identify three First Amendment rights.

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 Simpsons:(美国最受欢迎的动画系列片《辛普森一家》。自1990年该片在美国播出第一集以来,春田镇上的这个五口之家用他们荒诞的经历讽刺着当代美国社会的生活和文化。10多年来,《辛普森一家》不断邀请名人上戏演出,这些名人多属于娱乐界,布莱尔是第一位在《辛普森一家》中露面的政府首脑,尽管美国前总统卡特和克林顿都曾为这部动画片中配过音,但他们的形象都不曾出现在动画片中。)

First Amendment:(美国宪法第一修正案)

petition:a solemn supplication or request to a superior authority(请愿;伸冤)

redress:compensation for wrong or loss(补救;赔偿)

clear up:(消除;清除)



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