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Univ. of Maryland study finds Fox News viewers to be misinformed on key issues (Barf Alert)
Political Buzz Examiner ^ | 12/17/2010 | Ryan Witt

Posted on 12/18/2010 9:12:55 AM PST by Beave Meister

A new study released by the University of Maryland shows American voters to be vastly misinformed. Even worse, the same study points to the media as the cause of much of this misinformation. The study involved a poll of 616 self-reported voters in the week after the 2010 midterm election. Voters were asked where they get their news from, and then asked about a number of verifiable facts. For instance, voters were asked whether the TARP program, otherwise known as the bailout, was started under President Bush or President Obama. Over 40% of respondents said President Obama started TARP even though TARP was signed into law by President Bush on October 3rd of 2008. This sort of misinformation within the American electorate shows up again, and again, and again in crucial areas of public policy.

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This must be George Soros new paper to spew his BS and misinformation about misinformation.
1 posted on 12/18/2010 9:13:01 AM PST by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister

That’s funny ... by coincidence a new Fox News study finds University of Maryland researchers to be seriously misinformed.


2 posted on 12/18/2010 9:14:24 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Beave Meister

University of Maryland. ROTFLMAO!!! Are they “series”?


3 posted on 12/18/2010 9:15:30 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Merry Christmas to all of my FReeper FRiends!)
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To: Beave Meister

A recent study of MSN viewers and NYT readers showed that 100% who said they voted for Obama believe raising taxes creates jobs.


4 posted on 12/18/2010 9:16:29 AM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Beave Meister
"Misinformed" = "Don't believe state-run media's propaganda."
5 posted on 12/18/2010 9:16:40 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: Beave Meister

Laughably pathetic acadumbia.


6 posted on 12/18/2010 9:17:20 AM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I am from maryland, and knowing what I do about this state, it is Highly Probable that they sent Jay Leno out to look for these people they interviewed.

Knowing the location of Maryland University, I doubt there are many Fox viewers around to ask..Mostly Democrat entitlement grifters in Prince George’s county. I doiubt they watch Fox.


7 posted on 12/18/2010 9:18:31 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Beave Meister

“voters were asked whether the TARP program, otherwise known as the bailout, was started under President Bush or President Obama”

A push question. You’re looking for a certain outcome.

Now choose other important questions, such as the history of the current president of the United States, his votes on key issues while in Illinois, etc., etc., and you will find that CNN/MSNBC/Network viewers are more “uninformed”.

Push polls are absolutely 100% meaningless. The sooner that fact is understood by a plurality of the people, the sooner we can be free. It’s a fact that leads to many other facts.


8 posted on 12/18/2010 9:18:49 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Leftys who zone in on Palin miss the point. America's not about single figures. That's for NK/Cuba.)
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To: Beave Meister
Here we go again! Another study funded by the Left that purports to show conservatives as mouth breathing, knuckle dragging monkeys... Trust us, U of M... we know EXACTLY what is going on and we also know who your big donors are. Keep publishing this junk and you will begin to see smaller and smaller donations each year... Defund the LEFT!
9 posted on 12/18/2010 9:20:29 AM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

They should have asked if a certain Senator who shall remain nameless, but who will be vacationing in Hawaii soon approved of TARP in the Senate.


10 posted on 12/18/2010 9:20:53 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Beave Meister
American voters to be vastly misinformed.

The standard of evaluation of whether a person is misinformed is if they agree or not with statist government bureaucrats or libtard economists.

11 posted on 12/18/2010 9:21:10 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Beave Meister

All the Ob0z0s who voted for Zer0 were obviously mal-informed by the media.


12 posted on 12/18/2010 9:21:57 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Beave Meister; All

There’s a great analysis of everything that’s wrong with this poll (long post, but worth the read for anyone who’s interested):

http://patterico.com/2010/12/17/world-public-opinion-proves-it-is-ignorant-about-significant-facts/


13 posted on 12/18/2010 9:22:44 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Beave Meister

FReepers are #1 at being up to speed. Fox viewers are #2. MSNBC and alphabet watchers are so damn politically dumb that it’s pathetic.


14 posted on 12/18/2010 9:23:12 AM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: Beave Meister

I find many “Lifetime” and “BET” viewers to be misinformed as well; what is their point?


15 posted on 12/18/2010 9:26:32 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Beave Meister
Here's another take on this story:

Extended exposure to Fox News makes voters stupid, university study finds

16 posted on 12/18/2010 9:29:07 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: mjp

Exactly right. I started to read it, but got to the point where you were “misinformed” if you thought global warming is a hoax. Right, if they’re going to keep beating that drum, they can expect zero credibility.

I find them misinformed.


17 posted on 12/18/2010 9:31:07 AM PST by Zarro (Hands off Our Junk!)
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To: Beave Meister
"Over 40% of respondents said President Obama started TARP even though TARP was signed into law by President Bush on October 3rd of 2008. This sort of misinformation within the American electorate shows up again, and again, and again in crucial areas of public policy."

Hey, this is great news.

It means Obambi is getting the blame, even for stuff he didn't do.

The worm is turning...I like it.

18 posted on 12/18/2010 9:32:23 AM PST by evad (SHUT IT DOWN!)
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To: Beave Meister
How about this headline ... "Employers find graduates from the University of Maryland to be Unemployable!"
19 posted on 12/18/2010 9:32:45 AM PST by The Duke
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To: evad
91 percent believed the stimulus legislation lost jobs; TRUE

72 percent believed the health reform law will increase the deficit; TRUE

72 percent believed the economy is getting worse; TRUE

20 posted on 12/18/2010 9:37:37 AM PST by evad (SHUT IT DOWN!)
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To: Beave Meister

What this poll really means is that they are not brain washed like the idiots at University of Maryland. I would love to see the see that poll and the questions that were answered. Moreover, the people that were polled. 1,000,000.00 it’s rigged.


21 posted on 12/18/2010 9:48:31 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Sprite518

1,000,000.00 to 1 it’s rigged.


22 posted on 12/18/2010 9:49:17 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Beave Meister
The text in blue, according to the article, is what you have to believe to be "well-informed"...

- 68% of Americans said the stimulus package saved or created only a few jobs. 20% said that the stimulus caused a loss of jobs. Only 8% said the stimulus saved or created millions of jobs. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the stimulus saved or created anywhere between 2.0 to 5.2 million jobs. A survey of economist from The Wall Street Journal found that the stimulus had a “net positive effect” on growth.

- 53% of Americans believe the health care reform law will increase the deficit. According to the CBO the Affordable Care Act will reduce the deficit by $124 billion through 2019.

- 55% of voters believe that the economy is getting worse. The U.S. Bureau of Economist had the American GDP growing by 2.5% over the last quarter. The average Americans income grew by 0.5% over the month of October.

23 posted on 12/18/2010 9:55:10 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Beave Meister

Most non Fox News watchers have no idea that democracy is MOB RULE by mobsters.. and democrats are the MOB..


24 posted on 12/18/2010 9:55:54 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Qbert

Tides Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation as supporters.

I’m surprised. /s


25 posted on 12/18/2010 10:07:08 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: Beave Meister

Univ. of Maryland study finds CNN News viewers to be misinformed on key issues.They just had a typo now fixed.


26 posted on 12/18/2010 10:07:47 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Beave Meister

It’s all about which questions they chose to ask, and how they decide who’s “wrong”. Utterly bogus.


27 posted on 12/18/2010 10:20:43 AM PST by mlo
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To: Beave Meister
There's a frighteningly huge number of viewers who believe in the conspiracy theory that Obama has disclosed his long form birth certificate, and that there is supporting evidence of his supposed college years.

People will believe anything.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

28 posted on 12/18/2010 10:24:36 AM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The beautiful state of Maryland is so overwhelmingly leftist that it hurts to even go visit there anymore.


29 posted on 12/18/2010 10:24:46 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Beave Meister

HMMM so if over 40% were wrong that means that the “majority” were right! DUH


30 posted on 12/18/2010 10:47:22 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Beave Meister

TARP itself was signed by Pres. Bush, but the massive stimulus bill that brought our budget close to 3 trillion was pushed and signed by Obama. So the economic woes we have today are a result of spending sprees by Obama and the Democrats, NOT Pres. Bush, as the Dems want everyone to believe.


31 posted on 12/18/2010 10:54:12 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Beave Meister

Silly Regime Media propaganda.


32 posted on 12/18/2010 11:12:33 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: Beave Meister
Fox News study finds Univ. of Maryland students

to be misinformed on terrapin issues ( Webfoot Alert)

33 posted on 12/18/2010 11:31:17 AM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Beave Meister

Fairy Tales...from the University of Fairyland.


34 posted on 12/18/2010 12:08:54 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the 3rd day)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

“53% of Americans believe that President Obama was the only President responsible for the bailout of Chrysler and GM. In December of 2008 the Bush administration distributed $17.4 billion to the auto industry as part of the TARP program.”

This is a red herring. The purpose of TARP money was to shore up troubled institutions financially until they got back on their feet. After that they were to pay the TARP funds back to the govt. Obama’s crime was to prevent a legal bankruptcy proceeding in order to illegally dispossess bondholders, then use TARP money to take ownership while cutting in his union buddies.

“The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the stimulus saved or created anywhere between 2.0 to 5.2 million jobs.”
Yeah, but the Obama’s CBO used Administration guidelines to make this estimate. I heard Jared Bernstein describe a technique on NPR. They applied arbitrarily assigned multipliers to various stimulus outlays to “estimate” jobs created or saved.


35 posted on 12/18/2010 12:35:32 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Misinformed” = “Don’t believe state-run media’s propaganda.”

I think it’s a lot worse than that. The recent promiscuous use of the word “misinformed” by Obama’s advisers are part of the administration’s attacks on free speech. For a while, we saw Obama’s press flunkies throwing around the word “sedition”. It didn’t go over too well, so they’ve softened it to “misinform” which implies a deliberate falsehood rather than a difference of opinion.


36 posted on 12/18/2010 12:49:03 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: Venturer

Bot so. The “facts” as they claim them are lies.


37 posted on 12/18/2010 12:51:20 PM PST by bvw
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To: Beave Meister

Maryland has 2 conservatives, my neice and her husband.


38 posted on 12/18/2010 12:55:37 PM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

Hey, you forgot me. I know two more, so that’s five of us. :)


39 posted on 12/18/2010 12:58:00 PM PST by beandog (I)
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To: beandog

OOPs sorry...:O(


40 posted on 12/18/2010 1:08:07 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Tex-Con-Man

..and therein lies the problem nowadays, gubermint has ZERO Credibility, especially the CBO.


41 posted on 12/19/2010 6:29:44 AM PST by evad (SHUT IT DOWN!)
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To: goat granny

Two more with our family. That makes seven.


42 posted on 12/19/2010 6:31:47 AM PST by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: sauropod

With 7, Maryland is more conservative than I thought...:O)


43 posted on 12/19/2010 8:57:48 AM PST by goat granny (Great dad's are a blessing to son's but more so to daughters...)
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To: Beave Meister; Qbert
Lee Doren of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has taken the time to research the Maryland acadumbics' study ... which results in a thorough debunking.


Click image to launch:
"Fox News Viewers Are Misinformed Study, The Critique"

44 posted on 12/27/2010 8:59:47 AM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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