Thursday, January 22, 2015

How Well Are You Informed?

 A friend sent me this email:

 This is a interesting test.  

After you take it, you'll see the results broken down in a number of ways.  They clearly indicate that a majority of Americans don't know what's going on.

 It's astonishing that so many people got less than half right. The results say that 80% of the (voting) public doesn't have a clue; that's pretty scary.

 There are no tricks here -- just a simple test to see if you are current on information.
 Test your knowledge with the challenge of 12 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did:  
 Click here: Test Your News IQ - PewResearch Center

Pew Research News Quiz bannerWhat do you know about the news?

Test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,002 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national survey conducted September 25-28 by the Pew Research Center.
When you finish, you will be able to compare your News IQ with the average American and compare responses across demographic groups.

I did fine (got 100% right) but checking on how people fared who were demographically similar to me (over 50 years old, college graduate), I was shocked on how little basic information people have about current news facts and figures.  It's even worse for younger and less educated people (the average score is so low). No wonder I get so frustrated with uninformed voters.

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