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“18 percent of Americans believe AOC authored the New Deal, survey finds
A recent national survey shows a lack of basic knowledge of U.S. history and civics among Americans, with a number of respondents not knowing the current Supreme Court Chief Justice, or thinking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez authored the New Deal instead of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, “America’s Knowledge Crisis: A Survey on Civic Literacy” found shortfalls in American’s knowledge of history and how their country operates.
The survey polled 1,002 people — 61 percent of whom received or were receiving a college education — on various civics, government and history questions. Conducted in August with the results released last month, it found that 63 percent of respondents did not know the term lengths of U.S. senators and representatives.”