Nearly 10 percent of college graduates surveyed in a recent poll believe Judith Sheindlin — that is, “Judge Judy” of daytime television fame — serves on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sheindlin, an American lawyer, became a household name as the celebrity judge on a court show named “Judge Judy.” In the show, Sheindlin is seen handling small disputes in a courtroom, but the well-known judge has never served on the Supreme Court.
The poll, which was conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in August 2015 but released in January 2016, surveyed 1,000 college graduates and determined them to be “alarmingly ignorant of America’s history and heritage.”
Really, the only solace these “alarmingly ignorant” graduates might have is, in 2013, late night show host Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lie Witness” news team took to the streets to ask people what they thought about President Barack Obama’s appointment of Sheindlin to the Supreme Court, which was — of course — a joke.
The report, which is titled “A Crisis in Civic Education,” did find that around 28 percent of graduates did correctly name James Madison as the father of the Constitution. However, 59 percent believed the father of the Constitution to be Thomas Jefferson, who was actually the lead writer of the Declaration of Independence.
Additionally, 60 percent of those surveyed could not correctly identify a requirement for ratifying a constitutional amendment and 40 percent of college graduates were unaware that Congress has the power to declare war.
The poll also revealed that less than 50 percent of college graduates know that presidential impeachments are tried before the U.S. Senate.
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