Harry Potter better known than Blair in America, survey finds
More Americans know who Harry Potter is than can name Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to a new survey.
The fictional wizard is more widely recognised than Tony Blair
While 57 per cent of American citizens correctly identified JK Rowling's fictional teenage wizard, just 50 per cent could say who Britain's leader was, despite his close alliance with George W Bush, the American president.
The poll, commissioned by the producers of Gold Rush, a new online game on popular culture, also found that while more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of Americans could name two of Snow White's seven dwarfs, less than a quarter (24 per cent) could identify two of their country's nine Supreme Court justices.
Asked what planet Superman was from, 60 per cent named the fictional planet Krypton, while only 37 per cent knew that Mercury is the planet closest to the sun.
Professor Robert Thompson, of the Bleier Centre for Television and Popular Culture, said the findings were not about Americans being stupid, however.
"These results are not about how 'dumb' Americans are, but about how much more effectively popular culture information is communicated and retained by citizens than many of the messages that come from government, educational institutions and the media," he said.
"There are important lessons to be learned here."
The survey, conducted by Zogby International, was based on interviews with 1,213 people across America and said the results had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.