Poll shows knowledge about U.S. Senate incredibly low

National Poll Shows Knowledge About U.S. Senate Incredibly Low

Majority Of Americans Don’t Know The Senate’s Role In Confirming A Supreme Court Justice

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate just released the results of a national poll gauging Americans’ knowledge about the United States Senate and its role in confirming a Supreme Court Justice, and their view on government and civic engagement. The results show that most Americans lack basic knowledge about the U.S. Senate, but are optimistic about the future of government.

“It’s alarming that our poll finds that more than half of the country doesn’t know the very important role the Senate plays in selecting our U.S. Supreme Court justices,” said Jean MacCormack, President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. “Since opening last March thousands of individuals have visited the Institute to learn about the important role of the U.S. Senate in our government through our state-of-the-art interactive experience. This poll shows that our mission to educate our visitors about the Senate and to encourage civic engagement is as important as ever, and we are excited to be launching into our second year open with much work left to do.”

The study was conducted by Beck Research LLC via telephone by SSRS, an independent research company. Interviews were conducted from February 24 – 28, 2016 among a sample of 1,025 adults.