Poll: Utahns Support Increased Civics Knowledge to Graduate

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%.