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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 01:43 PM

30. I don't KNOW that this is the MOST critical information

I've seen other polls on much more critical-to-know information where the American people got it right, and by very big numbers. (e.g. on the importance of government transparency, especially on vote counting). Not being able to give the correct name of the branches does NOT mean that the person doesn't know about separation of powers or checks and balances. They can know those concepts but not know that Congress is the Legislative branch and the President is in the Executive branch. What this question tests is mere vocabulary recall, when the concepts behind it are the more important thing to test or confirm.

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