33% of Americans can’t name a single branch of government

33% of Americans can’t name a single branch of government

[Ed. – Yet, everyone’s vote counts the same.]

Despite universal suffrage, many Americans appear to know almost nothing about the way the American government works.

According to a poll by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, conducted from Aug. 9-13, only 26 percent of Americans could name the three branches of the American government.

If that’s not scary enough, another 27 percent could name only a single branch.

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A whopping 33 percent did not know any of the branches of government. (For those who clearly need a refresher in basic U.S. history, or elementary school civics, the three branches of government are the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the legislative branch.)

The Annenberg Public Policy Center notes that in 2011, when the question was first asked, 38 percent of those polled could name all three branches of government.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s analysis also reveals that those who identified as conservatives were “significantly more likely” to know all of the three branches of government.

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