Survey: Vast Majority of Kentuckians Would Fail U.S. Citizenship Test

Mar 20, 2019
Originally published on March 19, 2019 1:32 pm

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.

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