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New study reveals that one-fifth of Americans cannot name even one of the branches of government


Less than two-fifths could correctly name all three

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A new study from the University of Pennsylvania found that less than two-fifths of Americans could name all three branches of the U.S. government, and more than one-fifth could not name even single branch.

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This study, produced by the university's Annenberg Public Policy Center, found that out of 1,104 people interviewed in English and Spanish, 22 percent could not name a single branch of government, 25 percent could name just one branch, 14 percent could name two branches, and 39 percent could name all the branches. The study was conducted Aug. 16-27. The margin of error for this survey was 3.6 percent.

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