It isn’t just you. Politicians are, in fact, getting dumber, if a recent study by the Sunlight Foundation is any indication. Since 2005, the average grade level a member of Congress speaks with has declined nearly a full school grade.
In 2005, the average member of Congress spoke at a grade level of 11.5. In analysis of speeches given this year by lawmakers, that average fell to 10.6.
Democrats speak at a slightly higher grade level than Republicans do — 10.8 for the former, 10.4 for the latter. However, analysis of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address by the University of Minnesota revealed it was given at an 8th grade comprehension level, the third lowest score for a State of the Union address since 1934. Read