AMERICANS' KNOWLEDGE OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
A Columbia Law Survey
May 2002

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"Americans' Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution"
A Columbia Law Survey

 -Introduction

 -Technical Information

 -CARAVAN Telephone Sampling Methodology

 -Reliability of Survey Percentages

 -Sampling Tolerances When Comparing Two Samples

 -Introduction to Detailed Tabulations

 -Significance Testing

 -Detailed Tabulations (requires Adobe Acrobat)

 -Questionnaire

 

 

 

FACT SHEET

Columbia Law Survey: Americans’ Knowledge of the U.S. Constitution
Condensed Survey Results / May 2002



I. Does the Constitution include the following statement about the proper role of government: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”
YES 35%
NO 31%
DON’T KNOW 34%
CORRECT ANSWER No

II. The U.S. Constitution states the following: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside”
TRUE 83%
FALSE 10%
DON’T KNOW 7%
CORRECT ANSWER True

III. “In time of war or other declared national emergency, the President may suspend the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.”
TRUE 32%
FALSE 60%
DON’T KNOW 9%
CORRECT ANSWER False

IV. “A Justice of the Supreme Court serves for a term of twelve years, at the conclusion of which, he or she may be appointed to a second twelve-year term by the President.”
TRUE 24%
FALSE 64%
DON’T KNOW 12%
CORRECT ANSWER False

V. “If the Supreme Court were to overrule Roe v. Wade, abortion would be illegal throughout the United States.”
TRUE 57%
FALSE 32%
DON’T KNOW 11%
CORRECT ANSWER False

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