A Constitutional Quiz

Published November 1, 1997

Although 84 percent of the people responding to the National Constitutional Center’s recent Constitutional Knowledge Poll believe that our system of government depends on active and informed citizens, only 5 percent could correctly answer ten rudimentary questions about the Constitution. Six percent failed to answer even one question correctly.

Percent of survey respondents who don’t know that . . .

  • The U.S. Constitution was written in 1787: 81 percent
  • There are 435 voting members in the House of Representatives: 77 percent
  • There are six years in a Senator’s term: 57 percent
  • There are two years in a Representative’s term: 55 percent
  • There are 100 Senators: 52 percent
  • The introduction to the U.S. Constitution is called the Preamble: 45 percent
  • There are three branches of government: 41 percent
  • The U.S. Constitution was written in Philadelphia: 39 percent
  • The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights: 34 percent
  • The President nominates the Supreme Court Justices: 30 percent