Did They Really Say That?
Among the misconceptions reported by respondents to the National Constitution Center’s Constitutional Knowledge Poll were these:
- The Constitution was written in France.
- The first ten amendments to the Constitution are called the Pledge of Allegiance.
- One of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment is “freedom from fear.”
- The Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed forces is Colin Powell.
- The Commander-in-Chief is Norman Schwarzkopf.
- Only the rights of judges and lawyers are protected by the Constitution.
- There are only seven Senators in the U.S. Congress.
- There are no requirements one must meet to be President of the United States.
- The Constitution was written in 1892.