In its poll of 1,000 people, the Daily Beast rotated the questions. Beyond the topline—62 percent of Americans passed, 38 percent failed—there are huge discrepancies in the kinds of civic knowledge Americans collectively possess. The following is a look at some of the questions and the percentage of people who got them right and wrong.
Monday, March 21, 2011
A republic if you can keep it
The title of this post is reportedly what Benjamin Franklin said to a woman as he left Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention. I am not optimistic about our future when I see news like this. 38% of Americans failed a sample citizenship test given to immigrants coming into the US. If only 60% of Americans have knowledge of our system and history then seriously is there any reason to be optimistic about turning this thing around? Take the test it really is not that difficult.