Only 1 in 3 Americans pass 'US Citizenship Test', survey finds; are you one of them?

The multiple choice test only requires that 60 out of a 100 questions be correct to pass but the survey found that only 36% of the participants were successful


                            Only 1 in 3 Americans pass 'US Citizenship Test', survey finds; are you one of them?

A survey has found that only a third of Americans were able to pass the the multiple choice "US Citizenship Test." According to the survey conducted for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, many stumbled over extremely simple questions such as the cause of the Cold War or even just naming one thing, out of many, that Benjamin Franklin is famous for. According to the survey, Americans, 45-years-old and younger, only had a passing rate of 19%.

This is not even the worst part of the news. The multiple choice test only requires that 60 out of a 100 questions be correct to pass but the survey found that only 36% of the participants were successful.

Lincoln Park Strategies, the company that took certain questions from the actual test and made the survey participants answer them, found a bunch of embarrassing errors that should technically not have happened considering most of what was asked in the test should be known by all citizens, the Washington Examiner has reported.

Only 36% of participants who took part in the survey were able to get 60 questions or higher right in the test (Source: Stephen Dunn/Allsport/Getty Images)
Only 36% of participants who took part in the survey were able to get 60 questions or higher right in the test (Source: Stephen Dunn/Allsport/Getty Images)

The survey found:

1. 72% of the respondents have either wrongly identified or were not sure which states were the 13 original states.

2. 24% of the participants could not even identify one thing that Benjamin Franklin was famous for, with 37% of the respondents believing that he invented the lightbulb.

3. 12% thought that WWII General Dwight Eisenhower led the troops in the Civil War which is incorrect.

4. 2% of the participants have said that the Cold War was caused due to climate change.

The foundation said they conducted the survey as Americans need to know the history of the country if they are to make the right decision regarding the upcoming midterm congressional elections. 

Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine said: "With voters heading to the polls next month, an informed and engaged citizenry is essential."

He added: "Unfortunately this study found the average American to be woefully uninformed regarding America’s history and incapable of passing the U.S. Citizenship Test. It would be an error to view these findings as merely an embarrassment. Knowledge of the history of our country is fundamental to maintaining a democratic society, which is imperiled today."

According to the analysis that was done by the foundation on the results of the survey, only 13% of participants knew when the US Constitution was ratified, even though it was a multiple choice question like the actual exam, with the majority of the participants thinking incorrectly that it happened in 1776.

About 60% of the respondents (more than half) did not know the Allies of the United States in WWII. In spite of plenty of media attention on the US Supreme Court in recent weeks, 57% of those surveyed had no idea how many Justices actually serve at the highest court in the nation.