Friday, November 28, 2008

Do You Know More About America Than the Average American?

First, a random sample of 2,508 American adults of all backgrounds was surveyed, allowing comparisons to be made between the college and non-college educated. They were asked 33 straightforward civics questions, many of which high school graduates and new citizens are expected to know. Respondents were also asked several questions concerning their participation in American civic life, their attitudes about perennial issues of American governance, and other behaviors that may or may not contribute to civic literacy. Finally, the results were run through multivariate regression analysis, allowing ISI to compare the civic impact of college with that of other societal factors.

Do Americans possess the knowledge necessary to participate wisely in the affairs of the nation? Read below to find out.

Seventy-one percent of Americans fail the test, with an overall average score of 49%.

Of the 2,508 People surveyed, 164 say they have held an elected government office at least once in their life. Their average score on the civic literacy test is 44%, compared to 49% for those who have not held an elected office.

Take the test here.


cybrbeast said...

My result:

You answered 27 out of 33 correctly — 81.82 %

dekus said...

My result:

You answered 19 out of 33 correctly — 57.58 %

Thought that I completely fucked up, this score is higher then I anticipated. Plus I read one question wrong :)

annom said...

You answered 23 out of 33 correctly — 69.70 %

I really suck at the history questions.

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