Respondents Can’t Name Three Branches of Government

A majority of people might not trust the media, and an even bigger majority might express anger toward Congress for getting nothing done and at least a blasé attitude toward the President. But, apparently, despite all their rage, they don’t know a whole lot about how their own government operates. I guess they don’t cover those types of things in government schools. The schools prefer to keep kids as dumb as possible. The dumber they are, the more likely they are to vote for a Democrat, because they don’t know any better. The Daily Caller reported:

Wednesday is Constitution Day and across the country, Americans shockingly know very little about the document that founded the United States or the government it set up. The survey, conducted by The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, asked 1,416 Americans questions concerning basic civic questions, which few of the respondents knew how to answer.

The results from the survey were dismal.  According to published reports on the center’s website, only 36% of the respondents could name all three branches of government: the executive, legislative and judicial. Even more depressing, only 35% could name just one of the three branches.

In an odd twist, one-in-five Americans believe that a split decision in the Supreme Court (5-4) goes back to Congress for a vote. Continuing with the trend that Americans do not know who is in power, with 44% saying they did not who is in control of the House of Representatives with another 38% correctly identifying Republicans. The 44% who do not know is a 16% jump from the center’s 2011 percentage of 27%.

I got a kick out of the part about a split Supreme Court decision going to Congress for a vote. If only! Actually, never mind. That could be a very bad thing.

I think the way we have it set up now is just fine. It’s not the structure of our government that’s bad. We have an adequate system of checks and balances that accounts for the total depravity of man.

The way it’s supposed to be is that no branch can act like a tyrant or a dictator. It’s not the system that’s the problem these days. It’s the people who have been elected to hold those respective offices. They’ve been voted in by a bunch of people who don’t know anything about what government is supposed to do. They don’t even know about how their own government currently operates. Such things aren’t at all important to them. They think the government’s there to give them whatever they want. And so whoever promises the most “free chocolate” gets their vote.

It would have been interesting to find out more about those people who couldn’t name the three branches of government (or even one of the three). I wonder whom they voted for.