Result of a national poll to probe Americans’ knowledge of the Senate, levels of civic interest and attitudes towards government.
In honor of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s first anniversary, we commissioned a national poll to probe Americans’ knowledge of the Senate, levels of civic interest and attitudes towards government. Many Americans lack basic knowledge of how the U.S. Senate works and our system of checks and balances. Despite the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, few Americans understand the Senate’s role in a new justice’s confirmation. Few Americans are using their representative in Washington and many doubt that contacting their Senators or Congressman or woman would make a difference. Despite this, Americans still believe they “can make social and political change.”
Dr. Mary K. Grant, current chancellor of UNC Asheville, was selected in September 2017 as the new president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and will begin leading the organization in January 2018.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy op-ed calls for compromise and a return to regular order in the Senate.
The Kennedy Institute’s Second Annual Civics Survey