The Annenberg Civics Knowledge Survey, conducted since 2006, focuses on the public’s understanding of the Constitution of the United States. Since 2013, the civics knowledge survey has been conducted annually for Constitution Day (Sept. 17) as the Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey. (The civics knowledge survey had been conducted by telephone but beginning in 2023, the survey is being conducted online only. The mode change from telephone to online surveys means that earlier years’ findings on knowledge cannot be fairly be compared with those in 2023 onward.) Among the 2023 findings:
- Many U.S. adults don’t know the rights protected under the First Amendment — and the only one with wide recognition is freedom of speech, which 77% knew. The other rights were known by under half of respondents: freedom of religion was known by 40% and freedom of the press by 28%. See the survey for full results.
- While 66% in our could name all three branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial), 17% could not name any.