By David Madden

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — There are mixed results from a study of New Jersey residents conducted by a pair of Stockton University political science professors. They wanted to know how well people knew the basics about the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court.

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More than half of the 800 people surveyed could not name a single Supreme Court justice. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed did not know how many justices were on the Supreme Court of the United States

Forty four percent thought a high court decision could be appealed to the President. But study co-author Linda Wharton says the results aren’t all bad.

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Linda Wharton  (credit: Stockton University)

Linda Wharton
(credit: Stockton University)

“Eighty-five percent knew that our Constitution could be amended and 75 percent correctly identified the precise process for amending the Constitution.”

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She notes a number of online sites, one put together by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, that provide information on the Constitution and federal law requires one day a year be set aside in schools to reflect on the document’s importance.