August 14, 2006
CORRECTED: Snow White’s dwarfs more famous than US judges: poll
Corrects description of "Gold Rush" in second paragraph to
online game from game show.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three quarters of Americans can
correctly identify two of Snow 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 online game 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
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).