A Columbia Law Survey
May 2002

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Press Release

Fact Sheet

Vice Dean Michael Dorf's Columns About the Survey on

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


 -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)






I’d like to ask you a few questions about the United States Constitution.

 C1        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.”

                        1                      YES

                       2                      NO

                     99                    DON’T KNOW

 C2        I am going to read you some statements about the Constitution.  Please tell me if you think each statement is true or false.  [READ AND ROTATE STATEMENTS]

                        1                      True

                       2                      False

                     99                    DON’T KNOW

A.                In time of war or other declared national emergency, the President may suspend the Constitution’s Bill of Rights

B.                 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”

C.                 If the Supreme Court were to overrule Roe vs. Wade, abortion would be illegal throughout the United States

D.                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


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