Why is Americans’ Knowledge of the Branches of Government Declining?

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-55-26-amSeptember 17, 2016 — Today marks the 229th birthday of the U.S. Constitution. In honor of the day, The Annenberg Public Policy Center conducted a survey to test the public’s knowledge of basic civics.

One of the questions asked respondents to name the three branches of government. The number of Americans able to do so has dropped dramatically in only three years. Today, only 26 percent are able to identify the executive, the legislative, and the judicial as the three branches.

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-10-55-42-amThat number, however, is quite interesting, as it almost perfectly matches the number of American high school seniors who are proficient in civics.


Click here to read the research.