I’ve long said people should have to pass an objective civics knowledge test before being allowed to register to vote. If you can’t even name the branches of government, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote for who runs them (and yes, wisecrackers, I know we don’t vote for the U.S. Supreme Court…).
Now I wonder if I shouldn’t modify that position to include pop quizzes before going into a voting booth:
Over one-third of Likely U.S. Voters remain unaware which political party controls the House of Representatives and which has a majority in the Senate – less than two months before an election that may put one party in charge of both.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 63% are aware that Republicans have majority control of the House. An identical number (63%) know that Democrats run the Senate…
Ninety percent (90%) believe voters in countries with democratically elected governments have a responsibility to be informed about major policy issues, but just nine percent (9%) think most Americans are informed voters.
“Ninety percent” believe voters have a responsibility to be informed. Wonder how many of those respondents believe they’ve fulfilled that obligation.