Unsettling News About Our Elected Officials

We now learn that our public officials are not just out of touch with the public, they are also dumber than the public. No one ever equated them with geniuses, but it was generally thought that they understood more about government and politics than the average Joe. Not necessarily so, says a recent survey.

From AOL News (heads up from NRO)

For five years now, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute has been conducting a national survey to gauge the quality of civic education in the country… those elected officials who took the test scored an average 5 percentage points lower than the national average (49 percent vs. 54 percent), with ordinary citizens outscoring these elected officials on each constitutional question… Only 49 percent of elected officials could name all three branches of government… only 57 percent of those who’ve held elective office know what the Electoral College does… Of elected officials, 20 percent thought the Electoral College was a school for “training those aspiring for higher political office”… Overall, our sample of elected officials averaged a failing 44 percent on the entire 33-question test, 5 percentage points lower than the national average of 49 percent.

Read it and worry here: Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz



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