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Less Than HALF of Americans Can Name All 3 Branches of U.S. Government

It’s hard to get away from politics these days, and everyone seems to have an opinion. But it turns out, when it actually comes to how our government works, a lot of Americans are absolutely clueless.

  • A new poll from The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center show that after two years of improvement, Americans' knowledge of basic facts about our government has declined.
  • The poll finds:
  • Only 47% of Americans can name all three branches of the government (executive, legislative and judiciary).
  • That’s a drop from 56% last year, and the first drop since 2016.
  • 25% of people actually couldn’t name any branch of the government, an increase of 20% from last year. 

And while some people love to spout off about First Amendment freedoms, it turns out a lot of people don’t know what freedoms are protected by it.

  • Of the five freedoms:
  • 63% of people correctly named freedom of speech, down from 74% last year.
  • Only 24% named freedom of religion, down from 56%.
  • Only 20% named freedom of the press, down from 50%.
  • Just 16% said right of assembly, down from 30%.
  • Only 6% identified right to petition the government, down from 20%.
  • What’s worse, 26% of people said they "can't name any" or said they “don’t know,” an increase from 17%. 

Source: Annenberg’s Public Policy Center

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