Are you a low-information American? Take this quiz to find out!

Pew Research Center has a short 12-question quiz to test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news.
After you’ve taken the quiz, you will be able to compare your News IQ with the average American and compare responses across demographic groups. You can see how you did in comparison with 1,002 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a recent Pew national survey conducted September 25-28, 2014.
To take the quiz, click here. Then report back with your News IQ!
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P.S. I scored 11/12 (got the poverty rate question wrong).
Here are the results of Pew’s research:

1. % who answered each question correctly

Pew News IQ

2. Age

Older adults generally demonstrate higher levels of news knowledge than younger Americans.

3. Education

Education makes a difference in one’s News IQ. The average News IQ scores for various educational levels were:

  • 6.8 for college graduates
  • 5.3 for people with some college experience
  • 3.7 for those with no more than a high school diploma

4. Political Party

Republicans have a modestly higher News IQ (average score of 5.7) than Independents (5.2) and Democrats (5.0).
Pew News IQ1
This latest Pew finding of partisan differences is consistent with previous survey results. See, for example, “Republicans more knowledgeable, better educated than Democrats” and “Republicans are smarter than Democrats“.
So the next time some leftwing troll comes on FOTM calling us conservatives “idiots,” s/he can shove it.
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~Eowyn

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0 responses to “Are you a low-information American? Take this quiz to find out!

  1. Not had a television in the house for about 6 years. Best move we ever made.

     
  2. Thank you for posting this Dr. Eowyn, I missed two questions, the poverty level and government spending more money on Social Security…I thought we were spending more at this time on interest on our debt. I understand why I get so frustrated with liberal ‘trolls’, and ignorant Americans over all, because they are a big reason why our country is in the shape it is in.

     
  3. Missed one on national debt interest vs social security. I did not think my monthly check made such an impact.

     
  4. I, Too thought the national debt was more than SS… 11/12

     
  5. looks like all we all underestimated the SS spending. I guess they included SS disability payments in that total. Other than that I aced it……….

     
  6. I scored a 10 out of 12: I got the Sunni/Shia question and the government debt questions wrong.
    But something else is going on here: Nietzsche said that most people won’t listen because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. When it comes to current events and political analysis and commentary, most people are on the third grade level: They collect factoids and simply CANNOT put the pieces together to establish a context, let alone get any approximation on the Big Picture!
    I have driven thousands of doctors, lawyers, nurses, Wall Street wonks and other people in suits, college-educated all, who are convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, that there is no New World Order or global plan, that Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly is the acme of political commentary, and the like.
    They are convinced that the Affordable Care Act is a great thing that provides medical care, that Obama is a “disappointment” but is doing the best he can, that Michael Bloomberg was a great Mayor, etc., etc.
    Again, they have a third-grade level mentality about it. They WILL NOT bookmark Fellowship of the Minds, for example, nor will they examine the history of the Church since Vatican II because “it’s not their department” or cannot see any connection between the Church and the world.
    They WILL NOT read Henry Makow because they’re convinced he is a self-hating Jew. They WILL NOT listen to the late, great Dr. Stan Monteith because they never heard of him. They WILL NOT get on the internet and spend the time necessary to find out what’s going on behind the scenes!
    These people actually think the New York Times tells the truth in a straightforward and non-biased way. They are the Boy in the Bubble.
    There is a Plan for global government and it is Satanic. We are headed for the Apocalypse and they WILL NOT prepare for it, either by study or actual preparation. And these people will be the first to cry when disaster strikes!
    Tell people to educate themselves by using the internet while we still have it (and a grid to power it!) Read and bookmark FOTM, Henry Makow, Educate-Yourself.org, Whale.to as a few examples for starters. Then go down their Twitter feeds, links and blogrolls, and bookmark those sites.
    People have to collect the information. And then they have to have it explained to them. Then they have to look for causal explanations, then context, and then the Big Picture. 99% of people just don’t and won’t do this. (And they call themselves educated!)

     
    • Ditto everything you said, Steven, especially —
      “They are convinced that the Affordable Care Act is a great thing that provides medical care, that Obama is a ‘disappointment’ but is doing the best he can … They WILL NOT get on the internet and spend the time necessary to find out what’s going on behind the scenes! These people actually think the New York Times tells the truth in a straightforward and non-biased way.”
      Perfect description of a lawyer I know, who’s smart but who actually voted for Obama in 2012 (after not voting for him in 2008). Go figure.
      I truly cannot even begin to understand someone like that. 🙁

       
  7. I missed 2 questions. I feel ashamed for that as they were both very easy questions. I was absolutely certain that we spend more money on interest than on Social Security. I also answered Afghanistan instead of Iran in regards to the Sunni population. I knew the seconds I pushed the next question button that I ran was the answer.

     
  8. Missed two…

     
  9. Pat in Belgium

    I got 12 out of 12. I’m not affiliated with any political party. The whole test only took (me) about 90 seconds.

     

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