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on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade

WASHINGTON (AFP) US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

"It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.

"How can political leaders make informed decisions if they don't understand the American experience?" he added.

The exam questions covered American history, the workings of the US government and economics.

Among the questions asked of some 2,500 people who were randomly selected to take the test, including "self-identified elected officials," was one which asked respondents to "name two countries that were our enemies during World War II."

Sixty-nine percent of respondents correctly identified Germany and Japan. Among the incorrect answers were Britain, China, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Spain.

Forty percent of respondents, meanwhile, incorrectly believed that the US president has the power to declare war, while 54 percent correctly answered that that power rests with Congress.

Asked about the electoral college, 20 percent of elected officials incorrectly said it was established to "supervise the first televised presidential debates."

In fact, the system of choosing the US president via an indirect electoral college vote dates back some 220 years, to the US Constitution.

The question that received the fewest correct responses, just 16 percent, tested respondents' basic understanding of economic principles, asking why "free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning?"

Activities that dull Americans' civic knowledge include talking on the phone and watching movies or television -- even news shows and documentaries, ISI said.

Meanwhile, civic knowledge is enhanced by discussing public affairs, taking part in civic activities and reading about current events and history, the group said.






I dont find the fact that the people flunked wrong, but the fact that people that work in the goverment flunked as well. How sad.

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http://www.americancivicliteracy.org...rces/quiz.aspx

I just took it, got 81.82%

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Not horrible... I&#039;m not too knowledgeable about this stuff.

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly 84.85 %


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i just took it, got 66.67%. :assume:

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36.36 %

Its not like I cared to really answer them anyway

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You answered 25 out of 33 correctly 75.76 %

And I&#039;m Canadian.
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You answered 25 out of 33 correctly 75.76 %

And I&#039;m Canadian.
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we did better than the average americans that took the test, high five!

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[quote author=budgy link=topic=129166.msg2764335#msg2764335 date=1227480933]
[quote author=Wheelhouse link=topic=129166.msg2764311#msg2764311 date=1227479505]
You answered 25 out of 33 correctly 75.76 %

And I&#039;m Canadian.
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we did better than the average americans that took the test, high five!
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High five - I can&#039;t imagine they&#039;d do as well on a test of Candian history/government.
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You answered 24 out of 33 correctly 72.73 %

Ehh...not bad considering I forgot most of the stuff I learned in AP US History way back when.
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[quote author=budgy link=topic=129166.msg2764335#msg2764335 date=1227480933]
[quote author=Wheelhouse link=topic=129166.msg2764311#msg2764311 date=1227479505]
You answered 25 out of 33 correctly 75.76 %

And I&#039;m Canadian.
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we did better than the average americans that took the test, high five!
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Another Canadian here.

You answered 26 out of 33 correctly 78.79 %

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