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New Study Reveals Baby Boomers Distrust Officials’ Understanding of the U.S. Constitution
Ninety-one percent of baby boomers feel their elected officials’ understanding of the U.S. Constitution ranges from fair to poor, according to a study conducted by American Handbook Publishing.
“With the upcoming Presidential elections, we wanted to explore the attitudes of Americans toward the Constitution and government leaders,” said Patti Bach, representative of American Handbook Publishing. “Watching the news in this presidential election year, one hears arguments about the constitutionality of issues and wonders if the politicians themselves know what is constitutional?
“I was astonished by the high percentage of Americans who feel their elected representatives do not fully understand the U.S. Constitution, the framework of our government” said Dave Kluge, author of The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution. “By the same token, Americans themselves need to read and understand the Constitution to protect their rights and cut through the political rhetoric which floods the air waves at election time.”
Other key findings included:
• 92 percent of the adults surveyed felt the U.S. Constitution was relevant or very relevant to their daily lives.
• 60 percent felt their own understanding of the U.S. Constitution ranged from fair to poor.
• 57 percent felt most Americans had not read the U.S. Constitution due to low literacy levels and the document’s difficult language and specialized terms.
• Nearly 100 percent felt if all Americans read and adhered to the U.S. Constitution, positive changes would occur including a stronger, more united country; citizens fighting for their rights; and a reduction of government corruption.
About American Handbook Publishing
American Handbook Publishing is the publisher of The People’s Guide to the United States Constitution by Dave Kluge. The People’s Guide enables the average reader to read and understand the Constitution in just a few hours. Historical context and simple definitions of uncommon words and legal terms help provide a spin-free understanding of the U.S. Constitution. For more information on American Handbook Publishing or The People’s Guide visit www.ThePeoplesGuidetotheUSConstitution.com