Survey: Less than half of Americans can pass U.S. citizenship exam


A recent survey found that less than half of Americans can pass the United States citizenship exam. 

The survey conducted by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation included 41,000 Americans. 

It found that nationwide, only four in ten people could pass the citizenship exam with a score of 60% or above. 

Vermont was the only state where more than half passed. 53% in the state received a passing grade. In all other states, the majority of people failed. 

The top four states were Vermont, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana.

The lowest four: Louisiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Alabama. 

Overall, Virginians performed quite well compared to those in other states with a passing rate of 46%, fifth highest in the country. 

On the other hand, only 38% of Tennesseans received a passing grade, putting the Volunteer State in 37th place. 

The survey also found:

  • Only 15% of American adults could correctly note the year the U.S. Constitution was written
  • Only 25% knew how many amendments there are to the Constitution 
  • 25% did not know that freedom of speech was guaranteed under the First Amendment.

You can take the survey and view more results by visiting the foundation’s website

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