One-in-five Americans cannot name one single branch of government. That's according to the 2019 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey, conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
However, the number who can name all three actually improved.
“Almost four-in-ten could name all three branches. Last year, 32 percent could name all three branches. The two years before that we had our lowest levels, about a quarter,” says Ken Winneg, managing director of survey research at APPC.
Winneg says there was one factor that stood out from the findings.
“We found that the people who paid more attention to news, who say that they watch more, listen to and read more news, were more likely to score higher,” he says.
There's also a wide gap between those who took civics classes in high schools and those who did not.
“It's all about having civics education in school and people paying more attention to the news environment,” says Winneg.