State of the Constitution

Center for the Constitution

2010 State of the Constitution: What Americans Know

In 2010, with funding from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier conducted a survey of Americans' understanding of the Constitution and of attitudes toward the structure and function of our government.  



From the Executive Summary:

In the survey we asked several general questions designed to find out how much people believe they know and understand about the Constitution. Nearly one-third of all Americans report understanding “a lot” about the Constitution; an additional almost 50% report understanding “some” of the Constitution. Given the fundamental importance of the Constitution to America, it is distressing that 21% report “little” or “not much” understanding of the Constitution.