The decline and (hopeful) resurgence of civic knowledge

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    Only one quarter of Americans can name all three branches of the federal government.  That’s the poorest showing on that question in a half-dozen years, a new survey on civic knowledge has found.

    Nearly one third of Americans cannot name any of the three branches of government, according to the survey, conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Centerof the University of Pennsylvania.

     

    Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson and NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller discussed the findings, and remedies offered by the Civics Renewal Network, a confederation of 29 nonpartisan organizations. 

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