By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
These brand new results from a Stockton University survey – Understanding the United States Constitution and the Supreme Court: A Survey of New Jerseyans – may not shock you, Save Jerseyans, but they’re guaranteed to depress the heck out of you on the historic 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination (who we voted against twice, btw).
- More than half of New Jerseyans (54%) could not name a single Supreme Court Justice (those justices most frequently named were Sonia Sotomayor (13%), John Roberts (12%) and Antonin Scalia (11%)).
- 62% of respondents did not know how many justices (nine) serve on the Supreme Court. • Only 26% were able to name John Roberts as the Chief Justice (46% could correctly identify him from a list that included his name).
- 60% were under the misimpression that our Constitution was amended to guarantee explicit protection against discrimination based on sex (in fact, the Equal Rights Amendment has never been added to our Constitution).
- Only 52% identified the Judiciary as the branch of the federal government that has the power to declare state and federal laws unconstitutional. Notably, 24% were unsure or did not know; 6% believed the Executive branch could do so and 18% believed the Legislature could do so.
- Only 56% knew that decisions by the Supreme Court cannot be appealed to the President of the United States for review and reversal; 32% of respondents believed this is possible and 12% were not sure or did not know.
- 60% knew that the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution are called the Bill of Rights, but 35% were not sure or did not know and 5% stated an incorrect answer.
- 29% of respondents identified freedom of speech as one of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment; 22 % identified freedom of religion; 20% identified freedom of assembly and 20% identified freedom of the press. 10 % of New Jersey adults could not name or were not sure about what freedoms are guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Is it any wonder why we vote stupid when the general population is almost completely civics-stupid?
Click here to see the full survey results.
Ignorance starts early, too. A pathetically-low 56% of respondents, 62% of whom Stockton says attended K-12 school exclusively in New Jersey, said they’ve never sat through a class or course focusing on the U.S. Constitution or the U.S. Supreme Court.
What they are learning in our institutions of public mis-education? As we’ve discussed many times, Save Jerseyans, it’s nothing good. Or useful. Assuming, of course, we’re trying to keep a civilization going!
God help us…