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Seven dwarfs more famous than US judges: poll
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/14/06 | Reuters

Posted on 08/14/2006 3:09:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Show White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices, according to a poll on pop culture released on Monday.

According to the poll by Zogby International, commissioned by the makers of a new game show on pop culture called "Gold Rush," 57 percent of Americans could identify J.K. Rowling's fictional boy wizard as Harry Potter, while only 50 percent could name the British prime minister, Tony Blair.

The pollsters spoke to 1,213 people across the United States. The results had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

Just over 60 percent of respondents were able to name Bart as Homer's son on the television show "The Simpsons," while only 20.5 percent were able to name one of the ancient Greek poet Homer's epic poems, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey."

Asked what planet Superman was from, 60 percent named the fictional planet Krypton, while only 37 percent knew that Mercury is the planet closest to the sun.

Respondents were far more familiar with the Three Stooges -- Larry, Curly and Moe -- than the three branches of the U.S. government -- judicial, executive and legislative. Seventy-four percent identified the former, 42 percent the latter.

Twice as many people (23 percent) were able to identify the most recent winner of the television talent show "American Idol," Taylor Hicks, as were able to name the Supreme Court Justice confirmed in January 2006, Samuel Alito (11 percent).


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: alito; anthony; antonin; bader; breyer; clarence; david; famous; ginsburg; john; judges; kennedy; paul; roberts; ruth; samuel; scalia; scotus; sevendwarfs; souter; stephen; stevens; supremecourt; thomas
Souter, Ginsburg,Kennedy and Stevens out for a stroll..

Disney's Seven Dwarfs perform during the 'Disney On Parade' show at Hong Kong Disneyland in this September 11, 2005 file photo. Three quarters of Americans can correctly identify two of Show White's seven dwarfs while only a quarter can name two Supreme Court Justices, according to a poll on pop culture released on Monday. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

1 posted on 08/14/2006 3:09:27 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Enough said. This is exactly why a democrat (even Hillary) could win in '08.


2 posted on 08/14/2006 3:13:19 PM PDT by stockstrader
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To: NormsRevenge

...but the SCOTUS doesn't have a catchy tune (or two) to help you remember who they are.


4 posted on 08/14/2006 3:15:58 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Snort! Harry Potter is smarter and more focussed on the problem than Tony Blair, by a longshot!


5 posted on 08/14/2006 3:18:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I've always wanted to be 40 ... and it's as good as I anticipated!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well I couldn't name any of the Seven Dwarfs while I can name everyone on the SCOTUS.


6 posted on 08/14/2006 3:19:20 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Seven Dwarfs don't believe in a "living, breathing" document, hence their staying power.


7 posted on 08/14/2006 3:20:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: NormsRevenge

The dwarfs have been around longer than all but two of the scotus, so they're easier to remember.




/s


8 posted on 08/14/2006 3:23:43 PM PDT by Straight8
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To: NormsRevenge

a couple judges do pass as dopey and sleepy.


9 posted on 08/14/2006 3:25:59 PM PDT by isom35
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To: isom35

And Justice Scalia is Grumpy.


10 posted on 08/14/2006 3:27:28 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I've always wanted to be 40 ... and it's as good as I anticipated!)
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To: isom35

Ginsberg could pass for Grumpy.


11 posted on 08/14/2006 3:28:10 PM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: NormsRevenge

Does "Dopey" count for both questions?


12 posted on 08/14/2006 3:30:38 PM PDT by steve-b ("Creation Science" is to the religous right what "Global Warming" is to the socialist left.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Smarter, too.


13 posted on 08/14/2006 3:31:31 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: NormsRevenge

Bash-ful.

14 posted on 08/14/2006 3:32:09 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (I wish a political party would come along that thinks like I do.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I wish I could say I was surprised.


15 posted on 08/14/2006 3:32:09 PM PDT by ndt
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To: Vigilanteman

I nominate Roberts for Happy due to his amazing ability to suffer the confirmation fools gladly.

He was nothing short of heroic. Imagine being as brilliant as John and sitting for days in front of Biden, Durbin, and Kennedy.


16 posted on 08/14/2006 3:32:13 PM PDT by getitright (Liberalism is irresponsible.)
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Imagine being as brilliant as John and sitting for days in front of Biden, Durbin, and Kennedy.

Good point! I expect many of us would have been in jail, but Chief Justice Roberts maintained an even strain ...

17 posted on 08/14/2006 3:34:18 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I've always wanted to be 40 ... and it's as good as I anticipated!)
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To: Tall_Texan

Zot, man ... that's Ugly!


18 posted on 08/14/2006 3:34:42 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I've always wanted to be 40 ... and it's as good as I anticipated!)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Seven Liberal Dwarfs:

Dopey, Nutty, Lefty, Sleazy, Whacko, Shifty and Braindead.


19 posted on 08/14/2006 3:37:39 PM PDT by Argus
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To: NormsRevenge

We just need to give the Justices better nicknames.

Bring back the Wizzer.


20 posted on 08/14/2006 3:58:03 PM PDT by rwilson99 (R) South Park)
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To: NormsRevenge
Sleepy:

Dopey:

Sneezy:

Bashful:

Grumpy:

Happy:

Doc:


21 posted on 08/15/2006 1:39:56 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

LOLOL,, Thanks!


22 posted on 08/15/2006 1:44:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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