63% of Us Have No Clue Who Emily Post Is

But we're very well behaved all the same, says new poll

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 31, 2010 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Our mommas may have raised us right, but they didn't raise us to know who Emily Post is. Some 32% of us have no idea that she's the madam of good manners; 31% think she is either a famed newspaper editor, breakfast cereal inventor, college president, or globe-circling sailor. But apparently we are still the well-behaved nation, according to the latest random-yet-revealing 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. If allowed to try an illegal drug just once, with no risk of getting addicted, arrested, or otherwise harmed ... 88% of us wouldn't do it.

Exactly 0% of us would try crack; 5% would test LSD, 3% ecstasy, and 1% each heroin and crystal meth. Other behavioral indicators:

  • A whopping 82% of us have never experienced sexual harassment at work.
  • But we're not too judgmental about such things: The nasty allegations swirling around Mel Gibson make only 20% of us less likely to see one of his movies.
  • As to the woman that 100% of us can recognize: 59% of us don't think Sarah Palin has the ability to be an effective president (no word on if she has the manners).

Elizabeth Post is seen in a 1972 handout photo provided by The Emily Post Institute.
Elizabeth Post is seen in a 1972 handout photo provided by The Emily Post Institute.   (AP Photo/The Emily Post Institute)
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