Utahns really, really like the idea of requiring Utah high school students to pass the U.S. Citizenship test before graduating.
The idea, pushed by Rep. Steve Eliason (R-Salt Lake City), Sen. Howard Stephenson (R-Draper) and Overstock.com Chairman of the Board Jonathan Johnson, would require high school students to pass the 100-question test in order to graduate. The test covers basic knowledge about U.S. government and history.
Our latest UtahPolicy.com survey finds some 80% of Utahns say they support the idea, and 54% say they strongly support the plan.
Supporters of the heightened civics requirement point to studies showing less than 4% of students in Oklahoma and Arizona pass the test on their first try, while 92% of immigrants pass the first time they take the test.
The survey was conducted by Dan Jones and Associates December 2-10 among 609 Utah voters. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.97%.