38% flunk citizenship questions

When the Daily Beast asked 1,000 Americans to answer questions from the U.S. citizenship exam, 38 percent failed to answer six out of 10 correctly, reports Newsweek.

According to the Beast, only 27 percent of Americans knew we fought the Cold War to turn back communism. Only 19 percent can name one power of the federal government. Only one third could name the economic system of the U.S., though it’s likely the test rejected “screwed up” as an answer.

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  1. This is not surprising…. 🙁

  2. As Churchill noted, “the easiest argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

  3. the communism answer was wrong: the strategy was containment, not turning it back, so that it would collapse upon itself.

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    It’s as if these people went through school without learning anything.
    How on earth did that happen?

  5. I wonder how the average elected official would do?