Australians Don’t Know Any More About Their Government Than We Know About Ours | One of the American political class’ favorite past times is lamenting polls showing that Americans lack a terribly rich understanding of how government works. Only 28 percent of Americans can name the chief justice. Fifty-one percent of GOP primary voters once said they are birthers. More Americans can name the Three Stooges than the three branches of government. As it turns out, this phenomenon is not unique to the United States — more than half of Australian high school students have no idea that they live in a democracy.