NEWSWEEK Poll: How Smart Are Americans?

Results are expressed as a percentage of people polled (correct answers are in bold):

Do you happen to know the name of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?
15 Yes, John Roberts
7 Yes, other name given
77 No/Don't know/Can't name anyone
1 Refused

Suppose that a presidential election ends up with a tie in the electoral college. As far as you know, which of the following would determine the outcome of the election…?
24 The U.S. Senate
25 The U.S. House of Representatives
32 Who won the popular vote nationwide
2 A coin flip
17 Don't know

Do you happen to know the MINIMUM age required for the office of U.S. President?
44 Age 35
7 Under age 35
19 Over age 35
29 No/Don't know/Not sure
1 Refused

As far as you know, what is Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's religion? Is he a Christian, a Muslim, or something else?
61 Christian
13 Muslim
7 Something else
19 Not sure/Refused

Do you happen to know the name of the current Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?
39 Yes, Nancy Pelosi
3 Yes, other name given
58 No/Don't know/Can't name anyone

China and India have the largest armies in the world. Which one of the following countries do you think has the THIRD largest army?
29 North Korea
22 Russia
39 United States
1 Australia
9 Don't know

Can you name the country where Hugo Chavez is the president?
38 Yes, Venezuela
16 Yes, other country named
46 No/Don't know/Not sure

Do you think Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq was DIRECTLY involved in planning, financing, or carrying out the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, or not?
Yes 34
No 56
Don't Know 10

About how much of the oil consumed in the United States is imported from other countries?
58 About three-quarters
27 About half
7 About one-quarter
3 Less than one quarter
5 Don't know

How much does a barrel of oil cost on the world market today?
8 About 100 dollars
67 About 140 dollars
6 About 180 dollars
12 More than 180 dollars
7 Don't know

What is the name of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board?
36 Ben Bernanke
19 Alan Greenspan
10 Paul O'Neill
35 Don't know

Which of the following is the TOTAL national debt at this time?
15 About 3 trillion dollars
15 About 5 trillion dollars
22 About 7 trillion dollars
32 More than 9 trillion dollars
16 Don't know

What is the current unemployment rate in this country?
10 About 3.5 percent
49 About 5.5 percent
19 About 6.5 percent
15 About 8.5 percent
7 Don't know

Which one of the following countries do you think now emits the most carbon dioxide--the greenhouse gas that has been linked to global warming? Is it…?
42 China
3 Russia
39 United States
6 India
10 Don't know

In which of the following areas do you think stem cell research would be MOST useful?
17 Spinal injuries
4 Brain injuries
2 Blindness
69 In all of these areas
8 Don't know

According to recent data from the U.S. Census, which of the following is the average size of an American household?
4 1.2 persons
10 1.9 persons
49 2.6 persons
30 4.2 persons
7 Don't know

Each year, about how many children in the United States will see their parents divorce? Is it…?
15 250,000
22 500,000
25 1 million
24 4 million
14 Don't know

Which of the following is the percentage of U.S. adults who are overweight or obese?
27 35 percent
55 66 percent
15 82 percent
3 Don't know

Which of the following is the MINIMUM amount of exercise most adults need?
26 One hour every day
61 A half hour per day, five days a week
11 Two hours per week
2 Don't know

Which of the following is NOT a play written by William Shakespeare?
4 Hamlet
4 Macbeth
20 The Merchant of Venice
58 The Crucible
14 Don't know

Which of the following is now the tallest building in the United States?
53 Sears Tower
20 Empire State Building
5 Hancock Building
11 Transamerica Tower
11 Don't know

Which of the following is the most-watched episode ever of a primetime TV series?
9 Lucy gives birth to little Ricky on "I Love Lucy"
35 The final episode of "M*A*S*H"
18 The "Who Shot J.R." episode on "Dallas"
26 The last episode of "Seinfeld"
12 Don't know

In which of the following years are TV broadcasts in the United States scheduled to switch from analog to digital?
6 2008
80 2009
7 2010
3 2011
4 Don't know

Which one of the following is the largest group of Muslims worldwide?
20 Sunni
20 Shia
2 Sufi
19 None of these
39 Don't know

Which of the following is the holiest place in Islam?
30 Jerusalem
56 Mecca
1 Medina
3 Islamabad
10 Don't know

The vast majority of Americans are Christians. Which of the following is the largest group of NON-Christians in the United States?
25 Jews
20 Muslims
4 Buddhists
38 The unaffiliated
13 Don't know