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Test your news IQ - Pew Research Center
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Posted on 12/03/2011 9:58:26 AM PST by Aria

This was very interesting... This is a terrific test. And it shows results in a number of ways. It clearly indicates that the majority of Americans don't have a clue about what's going on in the world. No wonder our politicians take such advantage of us. It's astonishing that so many people got less than half right. These results say that 80% of the (voting) public doesn't have a clue, and that's pretty scary.

There are no tricks here - just a simple test to see if you are current on your information. This is quite good and the results are shocking.

I believe it was Winston Churchill who opinioned that " . . . the biggest argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter . . ."

Test your knowledge with 13 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did!

http://pewresearch.org/politicalquiz/quiz/index.php

(Excerpt) Read more at pewresearch.org ...


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: knowledge; test
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I'm thinking Freepers will do very well on this.
1 posted on 12/03/2011 9:58:31 AM PST by Aria
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To: Aria

Phew! That Research Center stinks, like a donkey.


2 posted on 12/03/2011 10:00:21 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Aria

13/13, but that was easy. Try some hard questions, Pew Center.


3 posted on 12/03/2011 10:01:26 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Aria

13 with half my brain tied behind my back.


4 posted on 12/03/2011 10:03:42 AM PST by reagandemocrat
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To: Aria

Looks like wymyn are dumber than men.


5 posted on 12/03/2011 10:04:09 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Aria

I am thinking you are right.

I just took the test and answered 13 out of 13 correct-in the upper 92% of all test takers. Gee I wish my PSAT or ACT scores had been that good. But then this was a test for Freepers.


6 posted on 12/03/2011 10:04:52 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Certainly no nuance to those questions.


7 posted on 12/03/2011 10:05:11 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Aria

One the first question, the correct answer is not available.. I do not see a “worthless sack of rocks”


8 posted on 12/03/2011 10:05:18 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

13/13 Easy


9 posted on 12/03/2011 10:05:27 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Aria

One the first question, the correct answer is not available.. I do not see a “worthless sack of rocks”


10 posted on 12/03/2011 10:05:35 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Aria

To do well, you must watch TV or possibly read a “news magazine”. Some questions are pictures, as in, whose face is this?


11 posted on 12/03/2011 10:05:51 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Aria

13/13, but the questions are way too easy.

I almost missed the picture of Sotomayor though, confusing her for Kagan. Because, really, I see no difference.


12 posted on 12/03/2011 10:06:10 AM PST by RetroSexual
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To: Paladin2

100% along with 8% of population.

Disclosure: I’m a FReeper.


13 posted on 12/03/2011 10:06:10 AM PST by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Aria

Bragging. I got them all right!

It pays to watch Fox News.


14 posted on 12/03/2011 10:06:16 AM PST by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: Aria

13/13. It said 8% of the public scored this well. Er...D*mn! Now if they’d asked me to find the hypotenuse...no way.


15 posted on 12/03/2011 10:06:23 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Aria

13/13. It said 8% of the public scored this well. Er...D*mn! Now if they’d asked me to find the hypotenuse...no way.


16 posted on 12/03/2011 10:06:23 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: Aria

too easy...brainless quiz


17 posted on 12/03/2011 10:06:23 AM PST by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Aria

I got all 13 correct...it also does not surprise me that the American electorate is dumb...after all they elected Obama and hes still supported by 40 plus percent of the population.
Freegards
Lex


18 posted on 12/03/2011 10:07:20 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Java4Jay

Are there ANY FReepers willing to admit to getting less than 13? 12?


19 posted on 12/03/2011 10:08:18 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Aria

Easy quiz.

100%, no sweat. These are really basic questions.


20 posted on 12/03/2011 10:08:20 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Aria

13 for 13 here. The questions were very easy.


21 posted on 12/03/2011 10:08:44 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: DBrow

” To do well, you must watch TV or possibly read a “news magazine”. Some questions are pictures, as in, whose face is this? “

Yup - that tripped me up on the one I missed - I know who Elena Kagan is, but, since I quit watching televised ‘news’, I have no idea what she looks like....

(By the bye - I’ll bet that if we can get enough FReepers to ‘freep’ this quiz, we could really skew the results... ;))


22 posted on 12/03/2011 10:09:50 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Aria

That was so easy, I got 14 right!

/joke


23 posted on 12/03/2011 10:12:07 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Paladin2
I'll admit to 12/13 because I didn't read the unemployment question all the way through.

I picked the real rate, not the government fake rate.

24 posted on 12/03/2011 10:13:00 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Aria

13/13 here, also - and I never went to college.


25 posted on 12/03/2011 10:13:40 AM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: Aria
I'm thinking Freepers will do very well on this.

Anyone that has "gratiated" the sixth grade SHOULD be able to score 100% on that one....

Photobucket

26 posted on 12/03/2011 10:14:09 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Uncle Ike
I thought that the picture questions were especially lame.

Something from People magazine. Typical of 'rat thinking (sic).

Fortunately FR has plenty of pics posted from thread to thread since I don't watch TV.

27 posted on 12/03/2011 10:14:54 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Aria
13 / 13

Notice in the summary of results, the 65+ grouping had the highest percentage of correct answers in about 10 of 13 categories , and men beat women in 13 of 13!

Hmmmmmmmm

28 posted on 12/03/2011 10:15:21 AM PST by MindBender26 (Stop bothering me with minor issues. I'm too busy trying to save our country from Obamaism)
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To: Aria

Easy 13/13


29 posted on 12/03/2011 10:15:24 AM PST by jpsb
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To: Aria

I got 11/13 right..I think mine went wrong when the maps came up..Actually it is pretty easy..and fun.

I said I scored better than 74%of the public..


30 posted on 12/03/2011 10:15:31 AM PST by PLD
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To: DBrow

I don’t know about that. I got 13/13 and I never watch TV or read a newspaper.

I do, however, read Free Republic, Drudge Report, Newsbusters and Briebart! Some say a picture (on a web site) is worth a thousand words. Especially funny ones!


31 posted on 12/03/2011 10:16:00 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Paladin2
Go look at the demo breakdown.

Averages 8.5 for males, 6.8 for females.

I'm wondering just where else the quiz popped up to get such abysmal results. College campi?

32 posted on 12/03/2011 10:17:24 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: CaptainK

I got “lucky” on the Great Brit question ‘cause I don’t pay much attention to a place that appears to be already down the tubes to the siren song of sharia.


33 posted on 12/03/2011 10:17:28 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Aria

13/13


34 posted on 12/03/2011 10:17:35 AM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: Paladin2

Yeah I got less, but then I am a woman!!!


35 posted on 12/03/2011 10:18:20 AM PST by PLD
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To: Paladin2

Yeah I got less, but then I am a woman!!!


36 posted on 12/03/2011 10:18:25 AM PST by PLD
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To: Aria

I missed one, wish I knew which one. I did rip through it, tried to back up once on the Islamic symbol (didn’t know for sure if there was a star in it). Also wasn’t sure of a couple others.


37 posted on 12/03/2011 10:20:07 AM PST by Aliska
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To: Aria

13 out of 13. What’s interesting is that in EVERY single category, men did significantly better than women.

Another reason to repeal the 19th Amendment (...quickly runs away to don flame retardant suit...).


38 posted on 12/03/2011 10:21:15 AM PST by PhilosopherStone1000
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To: Aria

I got one wrong. I know it was the middle eastern country.


39 posted on 12/03/2011 10:21:56 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Aria
From the detailed breakdown of this survey:

Republicans generally outperformed Democrats on the current quiz. On 13 out of the 19 questions, Republicans score significantly higher than Democrats and there are no questions on which Democrats did better than Republicans. In past knowledge quizzes, partisan differences have been more muted, though Republicans often have scored somewhat higher than Democrats.

And yet, both Bill Maher and Jon Stewart told me that Republicans were the dumb ones.... You know, like Sarah Palin and seeing Russsia from her house and all...

40 posted on 12/03/2011 10:22:20 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: PLD
Yeah, I don't even use GPS for navigation ('cept for in the fog on the water) 'cause I figure that my old brain will start to atrophy without pre-trip map usage.

I won't talk about my SO's map capabilities (or I won't have one).

41 posted on 12/03/2011 10:22:20 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: reagandemocrat

Ditto.....Too easy(:


42 posted on 12/03/2011 10:22:37 AM PST by geege
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To: DBrow

I did well missed a couple of the pictures,got the rest right.

I don’t watch TV or read papers I get my news off the net and I didn’t recognise the pictures.


43 posted on 12/03/2011 10:22:45 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Aria

Here is the scary/sad part, 47% only got 7 right! And these people can vote. To vote you should own property and be able to pass a simple freaking test like this for crying out loud!


44 posted on 12/03/2011 10:23:04 AM PST by DirtyDawg (eat fruit)
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To: Aria

In the 8%, 13 out of 13


45 posted on 12/03/2011 10:23:36 AM PST by I_be_tc
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To: Paladin2

Me: I missed the pictures


46 posted on 12/03/2011 10:23:36 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Aria

In the 8%, 13 out of 13


47 posted on 12/03/2011 10:24:02 AM PST by I_be_tc
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To: Aria

100%

That was easy.


48 posted on 12/03/2011 10:25:23 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Aria

Two trick questions:

Is the national unemployment rate as reported by the government currently closer to…?

Note that they don't ask about the actual unemployment rate. Also:

What Middle Eastern country is highlighted on this map?

Liberals will complain that 'Palestine' was not listed.

49 posted on 12/03/2011 10:26:16 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: RetroSexual

Kagan is more Butch.


50 posted on 12/03/2011 10:26:16 AM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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