Less than 30 percent of Kentucky adults would pass a test based on questions in the U.S. citizenship test.
In fact, a new survey shows a majority of adults in 49 states would fail the test.
The survey conducted by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation asked 41,000 U.S. adults 20 history-specific questions taken from the citizenship exam practice tests.
Questions include naming the U.S. President during World War One (Woodrow Wilson), and naming three of the original states.
According to the survey findings, 71 percent of Kentucky adults would fail the citizenship test. Just one state—Vermont—had a majority of respondents receive passing grades.
Other findings from the survey: seven out of ten adults nationwide knew Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, while nearly four out of ten mistakingly thought Benjamin Franklin invented the light bulb.
After a controversial decision by the Department of Commerce to add a question about U.S. citizenship to the 2020 census, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the move as nothing out of the ordinary.
"This is a question that's been included in every census since 1965," Sanders said Tuesday, "with the exception of 2010, when it was removed."
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