A newly released survey reveals that only just over a third of Americans are able to name the three branches of their government, while another third are unable to even name one branch at all.
The survey, conducted by Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, was released to coincide with Constitution Day this week. Sadly it revealed that relatively few Americans know anything about the separation of powers within government.
Little more than one third of respondents, 36 percent, were able to name all three branches of the U.S. government – the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial. The same amount of Americans, 35 percent, were incapable of naming a single one.
The results also highlighted the fact that few Americans even know who is in control of their country.
When they were asked which party has the most members in the House of Representatives, only 38 percent correctly said the Republicans currently have the majority. A whopping 17 percent believe that the Democrats currently control the House. Even more depressingly, 44 percent responded that they have no clue as to who is in charge of the House. That figure is up from 27 percent on findings from 2011.
Written by Steve Watson
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