Most Americans would likely agree that we live in a celebrity-obsessed culture. However, you’d think that after something as monumental as the recent government shutdown, that if you didn’t know who US Speaker of the House, John Boehner’s was before, you’d be familiar now. Surprisingly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
A recent QuickSurveys study polling 2,000 Americans, found that even after the government shutdown only 26% who were shown John Boehner’s picture were able to correctly identify him. Another 1.7%, though unable to state his name, were able to correctly state his position.
On the contrary, two-thirds of Americans were able to correctly identify Kim Kardashian, a reality TV star who’s been a favorite among the media lately with the birth of her daughter and her engagement. While Americans like to argue that Kardashian “isn’t famous for anything,” 67% of Americans were able to correctly identify her, and another 6% knew she was one of the Kardashians. Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans able to correctly identify the reality star were female, with 48% being between 18 and 34.
17% of Americans were able to correctly identify both Kardashian and Boehmer, the majority being females 35 and older.