January 30, 2010

WE'RE STUPID, NOT IGNORANT:

Survey Says: Republicans Know More Than Democrats (LiveScience.com, Jan 29, 2009)

When it comes to the goings-on in the news, some folks are more knowledgeable than others, with Republicans and older Americans scoring better on a current-events quiz.

In fact, out of the 12 multiple-choice questions asked in a Pew Research Center phone survey of more than 1,000 adults, Republicans answered an average of about 6 questions correctly compared with 5 for Democrats. (The survey was conducted between Jan. 14 and Jan. 17, and included cell phones and landlines.)

These political-party differences are partly a reflection of the demographics, with Republicans tending to be older, well-educated and male - all factors associated with political and economic knowledge. Even after accounting for these factors, however, Pew scientists found a gap.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2010 8:14 PM
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