Only ¼ of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches of Government

A stunning survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC), should send shock-waves across the nation — and within every classroom in America.

The average American student along with a sizeable number of adults know nothing about the basic history of their country or how it works.

Teaching basic civics and American history in the classroom seems to have given way to more important and exotic topics.

Take the Tucson School District that offers “Mexican-American Studies” along with a subject titled “Latino Critical Race Pedagogy,” which features prominent figures such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara — yet no mention of George Washington or Abe Lincoln.

Perhaps we should also take a look at California State University, where students can take the “History of Rock and Roll” as their required course instead of U.S. History…

Researches at APPC surveyed over 1,000 American adults, finding a stunning lack of knowledge about basic civics, American History, and politics among the general populace.

Only a quarter of those adults surveyed were able to name all three branches of government, while 37% couldn’t name a single right protected by the First Amendment.

The survey also found that even current event topics like immigration which is within the news daily, American’s had trouble understanding, for example, 55% of the respondents didn’t realize that illegal immigrants have constitutional rights under our Republic.

On the flip side, 48% were at least able to identify freedom of speech as being a right enshrined by the First Amendment, although far fewer could identify other rights accorded.

The dismal performance by our fellow citizens breaks down like this, freedom of religion (15%), freedom of the press (14%), the right of peaceful assembly (10%), and the right to petition the government (3%).

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, in a press release said, “Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome. These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”

The fact that only 26% of Americans could name all 3 branches of the federal government is indeed worrisome, in that aside from being unable to name the 3-branches, one can only conclude that these individuals have no idea what functions the “Judicial,” the “Legislative,” and the “Executive” branches serve within our government, which is the real danger.

The survey also revealed that conservatives were more likely to name all 3-branches then either liberals or moderates, however no one can take comfort in knowing that since 2011 the number of individuals that could name all 3-branches of the federal government has fallen by 12%.

Even more frightening one-third of respondents couldn’t name a single federal branch of government.

To make matters even dicier, another poll recently taken reveals that just 26% of those surveyed have no idea how many amendments comprise the Bill of Rights. Moreover, 1 in 5 individuals hasn’t even heard of the Bill of Rights.

It’s worth noting once again; that great societies usually implode from within… a nation comprised of morons cannot long endure.

6 comments

  1. I know most Americans don’t know 1. Branch of the Govt. Or the Constitution. It’s the Past Presidents fault. Their bright ideas to dummie down the students. Fed Govt. has 3 parts. Executive, Legislative and Judical. And. XXVII AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION. And. CNN. WELL I HAVEN’T WATCHED THEM FOR YEARS.I DON’T REMEMBER THE YEAR THEY STARTED WITH THEIR FAKE NEWS. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME. TIME FOR CNN AND THE REST OF THEM TO HANG UP THEIR HATS.

  2. Greg Douglas

    Yes, the dumbing down and stupifying of American children in American Schools is well on its way, via
    OBE Outcome Besed Education) system and Common Core Edu System which creates a class of functional
    illiterates and where no one fails and everyone graduates into society, full of disinfo and misinfo and ill-prepared
    to deal with Societal pressures, financess, and engaging in family oriented communication and matters and lacking
    severely in Judeo-Christian ethics, I could go on but, you get the picture by now.

  3. Greg Douglas

    Yes, the dumbing-down and stupifying of American children in American Schools, is well on its way, via
    OBE Outcome Based Education) system and Common Core Edu System which creates a class of functional
    illiterates and where no one fails and everyone graduates into society, full of disinfo and misinfo and ill-prepared
    to deal with Societal pressures, finances, and engaging in family oriented communication and matters and lacking
    severely in Judeo-Christian ethics, I could go on but, you get the overall picture by now.

  4. Glenn

    and yet kamial harris suggest a 316 billion dollar education budget that is doing nothing other than brainwashing ,,,how can people not know how and what our government is ,its ,,because the educational system has failed us and needs drastic change, its unexcusable that people dont understand basic civics

  5. Good timing for this article. Just this past Sunday I was talking to a friend who is a retired high school history teacher (a Democrat). His explanation for why young people don’t know much or anything about American history and civics is that they just don’t learn what they’re being taught. No, it’s not the fault of the government schools, the teachers unions, the Department of Education, or anybody but the students. Glad he’s retired, but his replacement probably wasn’t much better. We’ve got to change that culture.

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