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

5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

I thought we were spending more on interest, too. With $17 TRILLION in debt, it amazes me we pay more in SS than the interest on that. Blows the mind…

5 years ago

I missed the same two questions. I figuted if it’s a govt number, they are lowballing it, so click the high number. Lol!

John Molloy
John Molloy
5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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

5 years ago

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……….

Steven Broiles
5 years ago

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… Read more »

Edward Keiser
Edward Keiser
5 years ago

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.

5 years ago

Missed two…

Pat in Belgium
Pat in Belgium
4 years ago

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