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. —Snow White’s dwarfs more famous than US judges: poll (Reuters)
Of course, this article is cherry-picking the juiciest quotes that make the best contributions to a “Let us all weep for the future of the country” article that publicizes the services of the pollsters.
If there was any question that Americans did well on, it’s not reported in this little shocker story.