I get most of my election coverage from the NY Times. It occurred to me the other day that I hadn't read much about the race for Connecticut governor, even though the Times has a lot of readers here and it was expected to be close. I'm not sure, but I suspect that media coverage has shifted towards national politics over the years, and I wondered if that was reflected in a decline of knowledge of state politics in the general public. There have been occasional survey question over the years on whether people could name the governor of their state. The results:
Now that's what I call a trend. I think that knowledge of basic facts about national politics has been stable or declined slightly, but nothing like this.
[Source: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research]