Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Are You Smarter Than a Fox News Viewer?

American voters were quizzed on their knowledge of issues and facts raised in the 2010 midterm elections, in a survey by World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland.

Respondents were also asked where they get their news from: Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, newspapers, network TV news, public broadcasting.

The survey found that "substantial levels of misinformation were present in the daily consumers of all news sources." But Fox News viewers were significantly more likely to be misinformed than those who get their news from other sources. And, greater exposure to Fox News increased the degree to which viewers were misinformed.

This is not simply a matter of partisan bias. People who vote Democratic and watched Fox News were also more likely to be misinformed than those who did not watch it – though by a lesser margin than those who vote Republican. Those who got their news from NPR, CNN, or MSNBC were better informed on most – but not all – of the issues in the survey.

We've presented the 11 questions just as the survey asked them. How well informed are you?

1 comment:

Jim G. said...

I am a Fox viewer, and I only missed one, the C of C question. I just answered the liberal way to every question.

Now, smart that I am and able to analyze data, I ask questions.

The questions? Who exactly created them? What is the origin of their bias?

The "economists"? where did they come from and what track record to they have for being correct?

Same with the "scientists", what is their bias.

All I know, and you have to be smart to know the limits of what you know, the rest being a guess, is that the deficit is 40% of GDP and getting larger. The cost of the health care bill is just now being realized and the stimulus was a waste, it would have been more effective to give broad based marginal tax cuts.

I also wonder if CNN and MSMBC viewers were asked who is preventing ANY meaningful budget cuts what their answer would be.