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The Constitution & The Bill of Rights

What Americans Don't Know About the Constitution Next
Digital History ID 3230



A public opinion poll conducted during the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution in 1987 found that most Americans were woefully ill-informed about the content and meaning of the document. Only a bare majority knew that the purpose of the Constitution was to create a federal government and define its powers. Nearly half believed that the Constitution contains Karl Marx's phrase "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Well over half of those surveyed believed:

Here are some other findings from the survey:

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