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Civics Survey Strikes a Chord on Many Sides of Political Spectrum

What many Americans don’t know about their government and Constitution is of great concern to many people.

The Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey, released by the Annenberg Public Policy Center in advance of Constitution Day (Sept. 17), found that Americans lack knowledge of some fundamental constitutional provisions. And that fact struck a chord among national and local new media, editorial writers and columnists on many sides of the political spectrum.

[There are more up-to-date findings from this annual survey. See this page for the most recent findings.]

APPC director Kathleen Hall Jamieson appeared on radio shows to discuss the survey’s findings and implications. Listen to clips from KQED (Northern California) and 790 KABC (Los Angeles) below:

U.S. Constitution 101: Your Questions Answered” (KQED Forum, September 14, 2017)

Civics Anyone?” (McIntyre in the Morning, 790 KABC, September 14, 2017)

The survey was also discussed by Rush Limbaugh on his show on September 15. Read the transcript here, or listen below:

Listen Carefully to the Smartest Woman in the World” (The Rush Limbaugh Show, September 15, 2017)

CBS Philly did a segment on the civics survey on September 26. In addition, a clip summarizing the survey’s findings was featured on a number of CBS News Radio stations. Listen to the segment below:


Among the news accounts, columns and editorial referencing the study are these: