TEST WHAT YOU KNOW
What political party holds a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives?
Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Freedom to Petition the Government
What does the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protect?
The Speaker of the House of Representatives
If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
We elect a U.S. Senator for how many years?
A filibuster in the U.S. Senate can be used to prevent legislation from coming to a vote. Of the 100 U.S. senators, how many votes are needed to end a filibuster?
The Vice President
In the case of a tied vote in the U.S. Senate, who casts the deciding vote?
CIVIC EDUCATION STATISTICS
An August 2019 survey by Annenberg Public Policy Center finds that 2 in 5 American adults (39%) correctly named the three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. That is the highest in five years, statistically the same as the prior high of 38% in 2013 and 2011 and a substantial increase over last year, when 32% could do the same.
Less than half of young Americans vote, even in presidential elections, and just 10% of Americans between 18 and 24 met a standard of “informed engagement” in the 2012 presidential election cycle.
The voting rates for 18 to 29 year olds in presidential elections dropped from 52% in 1992 to 46 % in 2016, compared to 71% for voters aged 45-64 in 2016.
Recent data on youth participation in the 2018 midterm election indicates a low, but nonetheless, increased rate of participation by young people (31%). Researchers ascribe this increase to the post-Parkland shooting political engagement of a new generation of voters.
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