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Embarrassing: Study identifies Connie Mack as having the “simplest speech” of anyone in Congress

By on May 21, 2012

Rep. Connie Mack is identified as the legislator with the simplest speech in a new Sunlight Foundation analysis that finds the U.S. Congress speaks at nearly a full grade level lower than it did seven years ago.

“Today’s Congress speaks at about a 10.6 grade level, down from a high of 11.5 in 2005. By comparison, the U.S. Constitution is written at a 17.8 grade level, the Federalist Papers at a 17.1 grade level and the Declaration of Independence at a 15.1 grade level. The Flesch-Kincaid test was used to conduct the analysis, which equates higher-grade levels with longer words and longer sentences.”

Also interesting: “Prior to 2005, Republicans on average spoke at a slightly higher grade level than Democrats. Since then, Democrats have spoken on average at a slightly higher grade level than Republicans.”