Did They Really Say That?

Published November 1, 1997

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.