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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

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TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: knowledge; test
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To: Aria
13/13
101 posted on 12/03/2011 11:52:09 AM PST by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: fhayek

Pew could add an extra step to each question in order to measure that. That would something like “How sure are you of your answer? 5: certain, 4: very sure, 3: somewhat sure, 2: a little uncertain, 1: not sure at all”


102 posted on 12/03/2011 11:52:19 AM PST by bvw
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To: Aria

I got them all I only struggled a bit on the last one (the elephant symbol) because my preferred answer of “Stupid Party” wasn’t available.


103 posted on 12/03/2011 12:21:41 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: Aria

I got 12 out of 13 only because I accidently clicked the “Egypt” button when I meant to click on the “Isreal” button. Couldn’t have made a STUPIDER mistake! GRRRRRRRRRR!


104 posted on 12/03/2011 12:28:07 PM PST by Matchett-PI ("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
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To: Aria

I got 12/13 because I never paid any attention to what Sotomayor looks like. :~\


105 posted on 12/03/2011 12:36:07 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Still searching for the new tagline!)
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To: Aria

>>>I’m thinking Freepers will do very well on this.<<<

Yep. 13/13 correct. A lot of feminazis are going to annoyed that men did better than women, but I didn’t see any questions about Hugh Grant on the test.


106 posted on 12/03/2011 12:50:11 PM PST by redpoll
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To: redpoll

I’m female and got them all right. But then I pay attention to such things.


107 posted on 12/03/2011 12:54:26 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Aria

13 out of 13, 8% of people taking the test score 13 out of 13.

Not that hard.


108 posted on 12/03/2011 1:00:37 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Aria

>>>I’m female and got them all right. But then I pay attention to such things.<<<

Sounds like the girl I married. As I tell my son, smart girls are smokin’ hot. If I wanted a partner who would obey every command and walk behind me, I’d get a collie.

BTW, just for the harmony of the marriage, I have willingly sat through many Hugh Grant movies with my wife. What we won’t do for love.


109 posted on 12/03/2011 1:02:53 PM PST by redpoll
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To: redpoll

Well, I absolutely loved 4 Weddings and a Funeral, liked Notting Hill and Love Actually. I really think that - in the movies at least - Hugh Grant is adorable!

You sound like a good husband putting up with the chick flicks. :-)


110 posted on 12/03/2011 1:08:14 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Aria

Super easy. 13/13


111 posted on 12/03/2011 1:20:31 PM PST by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Aria; All

12 out of 13


112 posted on 12/03/2011 1:40:52 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Aria

13 / 13. Scary the separation from high school or less to college grad. wow.


113 posted on 12/03/2011 1:51:14 PM PST by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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To: Aria

13!


114 posted on 12/03/2011 2:25:19 PM PST by TwoSue
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To: Aria

Got 13 out of 13 correct, a score shared by 8% of respondents.


115 posted on 12/03/2011 2:30:42 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont; All

Obviously we FReepers are way smarter than most. :-))))


116 posted on 12/03/2011 2:41:43 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Paladin2

Waaay dumber! And I got all 13 correct.


117 posted on 12/03/2011 2:53:39 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: redpoll

My dog is ALWAYS happy to see me. Just sayin’


118 posted on 12/03/2011 2:56:39 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Aria

119 posted on 12/03/2011 3:42:42 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: TLI

I assume someone got paid to write that test?


120 posted on 12/03/2011 3:53:03 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: EGPWS

13/13 - too bad they did not compare Freeper scores with DUhmmie scores.


121 posted on 12/03/2011 4:01:19 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: morphing libertarian

Sure did.

Probably makes about 92k/y.

And it took them days...

.


122 posted on 12/03/2011 4:35:19 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: TLI

I missed my calling. I used to work for a living and didn’t come too close to 92K.


123 posted on 12/03/2011 4:39:23 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: Aria

13/13 -— I’m female. It was easy, Kagan is sort of red
headed. (What hair she has.)


124 posted on 12/03/2011 5:03:38 PM PST by jusduat (probably lost)
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To: Aria

13 without having to stop and think about it even once.


125 posted on 12/03/2011 5:07:47 PM PST by Mom MD (The country needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask)
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To: Mom MD

13 - but I wasn’t 100% sure of my answers for two of them.


126 posted on 12/03/2011 5:15:27 PM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (If you like the employees at the DMV, post office, SS office... you'll love government health care)
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To: Aria

I scored 100% thanks to FR.

I want an all dem test though.

All of the answers would be: George Bush


127 posted on 12/03/2011 5:15:43 PM PST by dforest
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To: Mr. K

DUmmies can only answer George Bush to all questions.


128 posted on 12/03/2011 5:17:41 PM PST by dforest
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To: Aria

If 92% of the people can’t get these questions right, we’re in bigger trouble than I thought.


129 posted on 12/03/2011 5:24:57 PM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: Aria

13/13 easy.


130 posted on 12/03/2011 5:33:22 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: jusduat

Kagan is a dude. Sotomayor at least, looks fem.


131 posted on 12/03/2011 5:36:01 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: cpa4you
I thought the question an a symbol associated with Islam was kind of a trick.

They tricked you? OK. What symbol did you pick, and why?

132 posted on 12/03/2011 5:45:39 PM PST by TankerKC (Welcome to the age of "I Meant to Do That" Diplomacy)
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To: Paladin2
Are there ANY FReepers willing to admit to getting less than 13? 12?
Yes, but only with a whiny excuse about how they were tricked. :/
133 posted on 12/03/2011 5:49:29 PM PST by TankerKC (Welcome to the age of "I Meant to Do That" Diplomacy)
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To: TankerKC

I was sucked in by the arabic looking symbols. Like I said, the Red Cresent isn’t all that rare and can mean many different things.


134 posted on 12/03/2011 6:43:48 PM PST by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Free Republic, Drudge & Hot Air. No tv. I’ve even given up on Fox. 13/13 I barely graduated from college.


135 posted on 12/03/2011 6:52:39 PM PST by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: NEWwoman

AND being a member of Free Republic


136 posted on 12/03/2011 7:08:27 PM PST by NCMOM
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To: Aria

So I took the 13 question warm-up quiz for kindergartners. Where is the real one?


137 posted on 12/03/2011 7:19:00 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Aria

I aced it, too. Though I did have to guess on the “Name this Hispanican female” question.


138 posted on 12/03/2011 7:43:27 PM PST by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: Aria

13 out of 13


139 posted on 12/03/2011 7:47:34 PM PST by TJC (V)
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To: mnehring

I agree...the questions were too easy for us FReepers.

The awful part is the huge % of people who know way less and still vote.


140 posted on 12/03/2011 8:00:22 PM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: DBrow
I wasn't sure about the ¿Hispanic? woman's photo -- so I skipped it. (But I don't watch TV, either...)

Got all the others correct...

141 posted on 12/03/2011 10:20:52 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Aria

Aced it.


142 posted on 12/03/2011 10:28:45 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: Aria

Yay I got them all correct! I do have gaps in my news knowledge but this was pretty easy.


143 posted on 12/03/2011 10:36:52 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: RetroSexual

Yeah, that’s the one I missed.


144 posted on 12/04/2011 6:55:40 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: NCMOM

I meet the smartest people in cyberspace here! :)


145 posted on 12/04/2011 5:40:34 PM PST by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: melsec
I went and had a go,11/13 and while I didn't feel like a genius I didn't feel too bad,in the top 17%,not too bad for an Ozzy.

Then I read the thread and now I feel like a dumb schmuck!

146 posted on 12/05/2011 3:18:03 AM PST by mitch5501 (My guitar wants to kill your momma!)
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To: mitch5501

If I could post pictures you would now see one of Nelson Munz pointing and going Ha HA!

Mel


147 posted on 12/06/2011 8:16:37 AM PST by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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