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