Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Failing Report Card: New York’s Civic Illiteracy

According to a new study, New Yorkers are seriously lacking in their knowledge of government, politics and the U.S. Constitution. Among the responses:

• Fewer than two in ten New Yorkers believe they are actually very familiar with the document.

• Sixty-two percent of respondents incorrectly believe that the president, not Congress, has the power to declare war.

• Two out of five New Yorkers could not identify which branch of government makes laws.

More on the study here.