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The nationally representative poll of 1,000 members of the U.S. public found troubling gaps in their knowledge of American history and government, as well as constitutional rights. A sample of adults was administered 15 questions adapted from out of the possible 100 questions on the U.S. Citizenship Test in a multiple-choice format, and just 5 percent answered all 15 questions correctly.

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ABA Survey of Civic Literacy full report

This link contains the full report on the ABA Survey of Civic Literacy including the Executive Summary and the Survey takeaways.

Lessons on the Law

American Identity, Citizenship, and Law: What a National Survey of Civic Literacy Reveals

The survey found that much of the public knows basic facts about the structure of government and the U.S. Constitution. However, digging a little deeper into the survey findings, we learned that specific questions on the survey that generated significant misunderstanding among respondents asked about the rights and responsibilities of U.S.

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The survey pulled questions from the pool of 100 possible questions on the U.S. Naturalization test that can be asked of those seeking U.S. citizenship. Only five percent of respondents answered all 15 civic questions correctly

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