Do you remember that Pew political news IQ quiz many of you took about a week ago? Here’s the post: “Are you smarter than the average American?”
The quiz of 12 multiple-choice questions which you took online was the work of the Pew Research Center. Between January 14 and 17 this year, Pew gave the quiz to a national sample of 1,003 American adults reached on cell phone and landlines. Pew just published the results. The next time some lib troll spews out the Left’s tiresome — and erroneous — malicious stereotype of Conservatives as uneducated stupid rednecks, show them this.
This is what Pew found:
- Americans in general are quite ignorant, answering an average of only 5.3 questions correctly. Despite their professed concern about the health care reform issue, Americans are most ignorant on a matter that is critical to the passage of Obamacare: how many votes are needed in the Senate to break a filibuster. Only 26% correctly answered “60”.
- There is a gender gap: Men did significantly better than women. Men on average answer more questions correctly than women (6.0 for men vs. 4.6 for women). The gender gap in news knowledge is greatest on the question of which country holds the most U.S. government debt (70% of men answer correctly vs. 49% of women) and the current level of the Dow (45% of men know this vs. 27% of women). On only one question did as many women as men answer correctly — that more than one woman is currently serving on the Supreme Court.
- There is a big age gap: Older people (30 and older) scored better than the young (age 30 and below) on every question except the one on Stephen Colbert being a comedian and television talk show host.
- There is an education gap: Those with some college experience correctly answered an average of 5.4 questions vs. 3.9 for those with no college experience. However, even the college educated had problems with the question on the number of Senate votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Fewer than half of college graduates (45%) know that it takes 60 votes.
- There is a race gap: 30% of non-Hispanic Whites knew that it takes 60 votes to break a Senate filibuster vs. 20% of non-Hispanic Blacks; 37% of Whites knew that no GOP senators voted for the health care bill vs. 20% of Blacks.
- There is a party gap: Republicans are more knowledgeable than Democrats. Republicans, on average, answered one more question correctly than Democrats (5.9 vs. 4.9 correct). These differences are partly a reflection of the demographics of the two groups: Republicans tend to be older, better educated and male, which are characteristics associated with political and economic knowledge. However, even when these factors are held constant, Republicans still know more than Democrats. Republicans are even more knowledgeable than Democrats on matters pertaining to Democrats: 48% of Republicans (vs. only 33% of Democrats) are able to identify Democrat Harry Reid as Senate majority leader.
These findings are consistent with the results of past knowledge quizzes — the older, well educated, white, males, and Republicans consistently are more politically and economically knowledgeable than the younger, less educated, non-white, females, and Democrats. Notice that the less knowledgeable groups are also the Obama voters!
So when some lib calls us conservatives “illiterate inbreds” as the troll who went by the spot-on alias of “Cranky Bastard” did the other day, have pity on them. Just explain to them the psychological defense mechanism of PROJECTION!