Last fall a newly formed non-partisan political group, PoliTech, at Texas Tech took a walk around campus with a video camera and a microphone to ask random students some seemingly simple questions such as, “Who won the civil war?” and “Who is the vice president?”
The responses they got resulted in a video the group calls, “Politically Challenged.”
When asked who won the civil war the responses ranged from a blank stare to those who asked “who fought in it” hoping for a clue to the answer. Only one gave a direct and correct answer, some sought a hint by asking who fought in it while others said “the south” or “the confederates.”
The responses were similar when students were asked who the vice president is. The most common response was “I don’t know” or “I have no idea” usually accompanied by a giggle or laughter. One student even asked if it was a trick question and again only one knew the correct answer and even she almost flubbed it.
“I have to say, I find some of the responses shocking by some of these students. They’re jaw-droppingly shocking,” McKenzie said.
He did go on to say that this is the same sort of response you could expect to find on any street in the country, something that late night comedians such as Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno have proved many times.
“This is the type of thing that you’d see out in the population as a whole,” McKenzie added.
McKenzie noted that this is not a new phenomenon, researchers have found this lack of political knowledge since they began to study the subject in the 1930s and 1940s.
Political scientists are divided as to whether it is a cause for concern, but as McKenzie points out we do have a lot of uniformed people in the country and they are allowed to vote. When uninformed people vote they are easily mislead by corrupt politicians although he theorizes that over time the informed and uninformed voters balance one another out.
Have no fear though, our next generation of government and corporate leaders, teachers and engineers do have an education. When asked the right questions they can respond instantly and with absolute certainty.
Asked who Brad Pitt is married to and who he was once married to every one of these college students shot the correct answer back with total confidence.
Watch the students of Texas Tech embarrass themselves in the video below.