With one of their own ensnarled in a celebrated murder trial, people named Simpson are keeping a low profile as the year draws to a close.

In a recent telephone survey, 70 percent of those polled refused to talk about what it means to be a Simpson.

Asked if he’d like to participate in a brief survey of the clan, one man claimed to be having a sinner party. Another declined, then added, “but I appreciate the call.” A third, speaking in a thick British accent, gruffly said “not at all.”

“What do you want to know?” one woman responded.

“Who do you relate to more: O.J. Simpson, Bart Simpson, Senator Alan Simpson, newscaster Carole Simpson, or somebody else?’

The woman hung up.

Ten percent of the Simpsons polled relate most to Bart.

“My name also begins with a B,” the 10 percent explained, adding that even though he’s “a white guy, O.J. used to be a hero of mine. When I was a kid, he was a star. He won the Heisman Trophy when I was about 12.”

This Simpson has abandoned his childhood favorite. Asked if he would have chosen O.J. had the poll been conducted a year ago, the man said no.

Twenty percent of Simpsons polled chose “somebody else.”

A woman, identifying herself only as being “in my late 20s,” said he relates most to “the pilgrim”–although she couldn’t recall this alleged ancestor’s first name.

Another woman said the Simpson she identifies with is her husband: “He’s the only person I’ve ever known named Simpson.”

Asked if the name was an attraction, she said, “No, it was the chemistry.”