Only 36 percent of Americans Can Name the Three branches of GovernmentPosted: March 19, 2015
“It would be transformative if everybody voted….If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”
— President Barack Obama, March 18, 2015
Only 36 percent of Americans can actually name the three branches of government the Constitution created.
— BT (@back_ttys) March 19, 2015
Only 38 percent of Americans knew the Republican Party controls the U.S. House of Representatives, while 17 percent think Democrats are still in charge. The number of people who knew Republicans were in charge has dropped 17 percent since the last time Annenberg asked, back in 2011, right after Republicans reclaimed control.
An identical number, 38 percent, knows Democrats run the Senate, while 20 percent believe Republicans control the upper chamber. Only 27 percent knew it takes a two-thirds majority of the House and Senate to override a presidential veto.
In all honesty I’m always a little suspicious of the guy who says, “know those people who know nothing and don’t vote? We need those.”
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) March 19, 2015
Annenberg released the survey in partnership with the Civics Renewal Network, a group of 25 nonpartisan organizations including the Library of Congress, the Newseum and the National Archives that offers free civics education resources.
Other groups, like the Civics Education Initiative, are pushing to include more civics education in high schools by requiring students to pass the same citizenship test that immigrants do when they come to the U.S. That group will introduce legislation in seven states that would require passage of the citizenship test before graduating…. (read more)
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