State government civics survey leaves many people stumped


Americans may need to brush up on their knowledge about state government, the results of a new survey suggest.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University released findings Tuesday showing a striking share of the 1,500 survey participants were unable to answer relatively basic questions on the subject, like who their governor is and what their state legislature has been focused on.

“The lack of understanding of state issues and state politics is so deep that we’re concerned that citizenry is precluded from engaging with state government,” said Jennifer Bachner, a political scientist at Johns Hopkins who is involved in the study.

At least one-third of respondents said they did not know the name of their governor, while at least 81 percent could not name their representative in the state legislature, and no fewer than 72 percent could not name their state senator.

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