A national survey this past year showed how in the dark many people are when it comes to understanding who runs their state government and what they’re up to.
Johns Hopkins University researchers found more than one-third of those questioned were unable to name the governor of their state. The results were worse when asked about members of the legislature.
8 out of 10 also failed to name the most debated issue in their state.
The researchers say lack of media coverage on state matters is part of the problem. They also argue for better civics education in schools.
Despite all of this, a solid majority questioned still had a favorable opinion of their state government. The researchers chalk that up to some of those surveyed having some “state pride.”
Others have argued even if citizens are unware of legislators’ names, they understand when governments are underperforming.
The survey also revealed: