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2017 Civics at the Forefront: The Institute's Second Annual Civics Survey

The Kennedy Institute’s Second Annual Civics Survey

Our second annual national poll probed Americans knowledge of the Senate, levels of civic interest, and attitudes towards government.

Two months after the start of the 115th Congress, Americans are taking a wide range of actions to influence the government and many are blending traditional technologies with new methods to engage. Knowledge of the U.S. Senate and our system of checks and balances continues to be lacking, but Americans remain optimistic about the power of civic education and civic engagement to improve our democracy.

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