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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    Quick, can you answer these 3 questions without looking down, or searching for the answer somewhere:

    #1 - Who has the majority in the House of Representatives?

    #2 - Name the US Secretary of State.

    #3 - Name the Prime Minister of Britain.
     
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    Wildo7 Totally Full of It

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    Dems, Rice, Gordon Brown
     
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    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    This country is stoopid.

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    Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

    Who Knows News? What You Read or View Matters, but Not Your Politics

    October 15, 2008


    When the Pew Research Center tested the public's political knowledge earlier this year, the best-informed news audiences crossed the ideological spectrum. Nearly half of regular readers of The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper's Magazine (48%) answered three political knowledge questions correctly. Regular listeners of NPR (44% three correct), and regular viewers of Hardball (43%) and Hannity & Colmes (42%) also fared well compared with other news audiences.

    The survey, conducted April 30-June 1 among 3,612 adults ages 18 and over, found that about half of Americans (53%) knew that the Democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, while 42% could identify the secretary of state (Condoleezza Rice). Fewer than three-in-ten (28%) could name the prime minister of Great Britain (Gordon Brown). Just 18% of the public answered all three questions correctly.


    Pew Research Center: Who Knows News? What You Read or View Matters, but Not Your Politics

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    How is it possible that only 44% of people that watch the BBC know who the British PM is:confused:
     
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    Bizarre figure, but I think that's the BBC America channel (is it America or International?).
     
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    No surprise that two fairly liberal media outlets do best. :)
     
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    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    It didn't take long for someone to make this a liberal versus conservative thread, now did it? Oh, what a surprise, it's Patters too! :p
     
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    STFarmy In the Starting Line-Up

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    Frankly I was shocked that Hannity's show was so high. I mean I don't have anything against the guy, but it's just a line-toting show pretty much.

    PS - I got all three without peaking. Winner.
     
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    Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

    The Gordon Brown question is the one I can cut slack on, simply cuz Blair was very popular, maybe infamously, whereas Brown hasn't really been in the news much. Plus, he's the PM of a foreign country.

    I'd be curious to see how many people answered Blair, as opposed to didn't know a name at all.
     
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    #24 Jersey

    I have a subscription to the New Yorker, so where does that place me?:D
     
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    If you take the first 2 questions about US politics Hannity and Limbaugh audiences have the highest totals. Guess the libs are more concerned with the Euros.
    :D
     

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