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Monday, July 30, 2012

Things That People Don't Know

A new CBS/Vanity Fair survey indicates limits on what Americans know about the judiciary and contemporary economic issues:
Just four in 10 Americans know the correct number of justices that sit on the Supreme Court. 40% correctly pick 9, while 35% pick an even dozen, 6% pick seven, 5% pick six, and 3% pick ten. College educated Americans do better – most know the correct number of Supreme Court justices, though four in 10 Americans who have pursued a higher education past a four a year degree still do not know there are nine justices on the Supreme Court.
In spite of JPMorganChase’s well-publicized loss of $2 billion, just 14% of Americans correctly identify JPMorganChase’s CEO Jamie Dimon as a New York banker. 66% say they don’t know who he is, while others identify him as a Texas congressman (9%), an X-Games Skateboarder (7%), or a daredevil motorcyclist (4%).
Americans who are slightly closer to Dimon’s salary are better able to identify him. 25% of Americans earning over $100,000 a year identify him as a New York banker, compared to just 9% of those earning under $50,000 a year.