Third of US Wouldn't Pass Citizenship Test
But 77% say we should be able to
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 1, 2012 2:52 PM CDT
A third of Americans couldn't handle the US citizenship test.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Nearly all applicants for US citizenship pass the civics section of the naturalization test. But native citizens should be thanking their lucky stars they were born here. If they were to take the exam, more than a third would fail, a study finds—this despite the fact that 77% of Americans think we should all be able to pass it, and 60% think it should be required to receive a high school diploma. In the survey of 1,000 native-born Americans, subjects did particularly poorly on questions regarding government's function.

Some examples, from US News & World Report:

  • 75% didn't know what the judicial branch did
  • 63% couldn't name one of the senators from their own state
  • 62% didn't know who the House speaker is
  • 61% couldn't name their governor
  • 57% couldn't say what an amendment is

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May 2, 2012 10:54 PM CDT
They pass because they study the subject. No one has had to take a civics course in high school in years. What do people expect? That people will study civics to be better citizens on their own? Now if it were reality TV or a video game everyone would know all the answers.
May 2, 2012 1:16 PM CDT
No one seems to care if they can pass the test or not when it comes to volunteers who want to fight for this country, serve this country as Firemen,Policemen,Construction workers , Doctors, Teachers, Medical care workers, and on and on and on. Give me a break, pass this test.
May 2, 2012 10:52 AM CDT
A 1/3 of the US is stupid? How shocking. Time to thank a teacher.