According to a recent study involving 1000 Americans, 10 percent of college graduates — and 13 percent of Americans overall — think that Judge Judy is a Supreme Court Justice.
Respondents were asked, "Which of the following people serves on the U.S. Supreme Court?" Their choices were Elena Kagan, Lawrence Warren Pierce, John Kerry and Judith Sheindlin, better known as TV's Judge Judy. The majority of college graduates got the question right, while just under half of the general population answered correctly.
Before we go any further: The answer is Kagan.
According to a study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit dedicated to liberal arts education, these survey results represent a wider "crisis in American civic education."
To be fair, the sample size for the study was only 1000 Americans, not all of them were college educated, and the answers were collected using an online survey platform. But regardless of the study's statistic significance, anyone who chooses Judge Judy over Justice Kagan may be a bit out of the loop on American politics.
Other tidbits from the survey results: the majority of those surveyed, college-educated or not, said that Thomas Jefferson is the father of the Constitution, not James Madison. (Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.) And about a third pointed to John Boehner as President of the Senate, not Joe Biden. (The survey was conducted last August, so now Paul Ryan be the most likely wrong answer.)
Perhaps the solution here is just to give Elena Kagan her own television show.
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