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Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz

Opinion: Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz

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But those elected officials who took the test scored an average 5 percentage points lower than the national average (49 percent vs. 54 percent), with ordinary citizens outscoring these elected officials on each constitutional question. Examples:

•Only 49 percent of elected officials could name all three branches of government, compared with 50 percent of the general public.
•Only 46 percent knew that Congress, not the president, has the power to declare war -- 54 percent of the general public knows that.
•Just 15 percent answered correctly that the phrase "wall of separation" appears in Thomas Jefferson's letters -- not in the U.S. Constitution -- compared with 19 percent of the general public.
•And only 57 percent of those who've held elective office know what the Electoral College does, while 66 percent of the public got that answer right. (Of elected officials, 20 percent thought the Electoral College was a school for "training those aspiring for higher political office.")
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Re: Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz

You can also take the full quiz here; Civic Literacy Report - American Civic Literacy 2010 Report

Just click "Take the quiz"

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You answered 29 out of 33 correctly — 87.88 %

Average score for this quiz during January: 74.0%

You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.

If you have any comments or questions about the quiz, please email [email protected].

You can consult the following table to see how citizens and elected officials scored on each question.

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Answers to Your Missed Questions:


Question #13 - E. certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason
Question #14 - B. stressed the sinfulness of all humanity
Question #19 - B. teaching evolution in the schools
Question #33 - D. tax per person equals government spending per person

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