A survey, conducted between April 30 and June 1 by the
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, measured the
political knowledge of 3,612 U.S. adults. Participants were asked
three simple questions; to name the controlling party of the
U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. secretary of state and
Great Britain's prime minister.
Overall, just 18 percent of the participants answered all three
More than 50 percent of Americans knew that the Democrats
have a majority in the House, while 42 percent could identify the
secretary of state (Condoleezza Rice). Less than 30 percent could
name the prime minister of Great Britain (Gordon Brown).
This is hard to believe and absolutely pitiful. But it did bring this
adorable episode to mind...