Students at the American University in Washington, D.C. — our nation’s capital and the center of American political activity and bustle — can’t name a single one of the 100 U.S. senators.
Dan Joseph, a correspondent for MRCTV, interviewed students at the American U. campus and challenged them to answer incredibly simple questions about politics and government. Not only were the students unable to name U.S. senators, they didn’t even know how many senators comprise the Senate–and some of them were studying political science!
“Can you name one person currently serving in the U.S. Senate?” asked Joseph.
“Um, this is sad, I’m in a politics course,” said one female student, who couldn’t provide an answer.
“Oh, not a very good one,” replied Joseph.
Eventual suggestions were “John Ryan/Rarez,” and “Bernie Frank,” neither of which are actual people, let alone U.S. senators.
“I’m not big into the whole… America thing,” said another student.
The students performed much better when asked a pop culture question, however. Multiple people were able to identify “Let It Go,” the hit song from the latest Disney movie, “Frozen.”
What this says about American democracy is anyone’s guess.