POLL: Survey says America doesn’t know basic civics


Everybody has an opinion about politics today, and from the looks of things there are more opinions out there than people who know what they are talking about.

According to research done by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, only one in three people would pass a citizenship test. Foundation President Arthur Levine tells KTRH this is discouraging.

“The disturbing part is that we are headed to the ballot in November, and we really need an engaged and knowledgeable citizenry, and that’s the problem,” Levine explained.

Another study found a third of all voters don't know the name of their party's candidate for office. U-H political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus wasn't shocked.

“People tend to not be as attentive to politics as they are to other things in their lives. People are busy, and they don’t want to see the bickering about the political system,” Rottinghaus said.

The original research also that 72% of respondents either incorrectly identified or were unsure of which states were part of the 13 original states.


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