Thursday, February 11, 2010

Quiz On Current Events from Pew Research

Test your News IQ at Pew Research.

Full Disclosure: I got 10/12 correct, and missed items #7 and #8.

HT: Ryan Stinson


At 2/11/2010 7:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't 100 percent sure of some of the answers, but I did get 12 out of 12 correct.

At 2/11/2010 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog and I get an education coming here. So for me to score 11 out of 12 was a lot of fun. Thanks for all the information you post here.

At 2/11/2010 8:28 PM, Blogger Larry Sheldon said...

I missed #4 and I'm not sure the right answer is right.

At 2/11/2010 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 of 12. Thanks for publishing this. It was fun.

At 2/11/2010 8:48 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

11/12 Afghanistan more deadly than Iraq - whoda thunkit?

At 2/11/2010 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 of 12, I guess I should read your blog more. Miss your classes!

At 2/11/2010 9:15 PM, Anonymous Dallas W. said...

Finished 11 of 12. That was a good quiz.

At 2/11/2010 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 out of 12. Good quiz. You should consider creating your own news quiz each week - it would be a good addition.

At 2/11/2010 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got 12/12.


At 2/12/2010 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got 10 out of 12. I had #11 and #12 wrong. I guess I was getting tired.

I have to disagree with #11. I think all members of congress are comedians and think they are talk show hosts. I watch too much C-Span.

At 2/12/2010 10:07 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Good fun! 12 for 12

My newsjunkie reputation precedes me ;)

At 2/12/2010 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11/12- Missed #1, and I have to disagree with their "correct" answer. True unemployment, when you consider those who have quit looking for work, and those part-time workers who want full-time work, is more like 17%.

At 2/12/2010 12:21 PM, Blogger juandos said...

I thought the Demographic Breakdown portion was quite interesting...

If the results of this little quiz are anywhere near valid it seems males pay a bit more attention to the news than women do...

At 2/12/2010 12:52 PM, Blogger Clameur de Haro said...

Greetings from over the pond in the UK!! What a great blog.

I got 11 out of 12, which I reckoned was reasonably OK for a Limey. Got the level of oil imports question wrong.

If I'm aware from over here who Harry Reid is, and I got the chairman of the RNC correct, perhaps I should get out more....

At 2/12/2010 1:22 PM, Anonymous Junkyard_hawg1985 said...

Mister Josh said, "11/12 Afghanistan more deadly than Iraq - whoda thunkit?"

My brother-in-law is on this way to Iraq (departure cerimonies last week at Camp Shelby, MS). It is interesting to compare the murder rate in Chicago to the hostile fire death rate in Iraq. In the past 3 months, there have been 4 hostile fire deaths for U.S. military personnel in Iraq. (Source This is an annual rate of 16 hostile fire deaths per year. Since we have ~120,000 troop in Iraq (, this is a hostile fire death rate of 13.3 per 100,000 population. By comparison, the homicide rate in Chicago is 15.6 murders/100,000 population ( I have not seen anyone point out that it is safer for a young man to be a U.S. soldier in Iraq today than to be a resident of Chicago.

At 2/12/2010 5:38 PM, Blogger SBVOR said...

I got 11 of 12 correct -- a higher score than 92% of those surveyed.

The one I missed related to oil imports. I was torn between the answer I selected and the correct answer.

Of course, Pew -- being a VERY Left leaning organization -- has a very skewed concept of what Americans should know.

From my perspective, it is far more important to know how much oil and oil equivalents we COULD be producing if our politicians would only allow it. I would wager that less than 1% of Americans would -- by design -- get that one correct.

I also note that Pew concludes:
1) Men are better informed than women.
2) The older the individual, the better informed they are.

How politically incorrect of them! ;-)

At 2/12/2010 9:30 PM, Blogger Bank Quixote said...

11/12 I thought it was a pretty impartial quiz. Can't believe I got the Supreme Court question wrong.

At 2/13/2010 1:09 AM, Blogger SBVOR said...

Bank Quiote sez:

“I thought it was a pretty impartial quiz”

Here are some glaring examples of the so-called “Progressive” agenda at work:

* Question #2 - Do you happen to know how many women, if any, sit on the U.S. Supreme Court?

The answer to that question only matters to a sexist or a Cultural Marxist.

The better question would have been to ask about the outcome of some recent important case. Upholding the First Amendment comes to mind -- THAT is “news you can use”.

But, so-called “Progressives” HATE our Constitution -- and always have.

* Question #4 - As far as you know, about how much of the oil consumed annually in the U.S. is imported?

So-called “Progressive” politicians want to focus attention on this issue as a means of pushing their agenda to grab control of the entire energy sector (aka The Commanding Heights of our economy).

The LAST thing these so-called “Progressives” want Americans to know is that our domestic hydrocarbon resources are EASILY MORE THAN 7 TIMES the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.

* Questions 5 & 6 -

How many Republican senators voted to pass the health care reform bill in its vote on the Senate floor?

In the United States Senate, opponents to legislation can delay a vote by filibustering. Do you know how many senators are needed to break a filibuster and bring a bill to the floor?

Again, the lame stream media prefers to frame the “relevant news” in such a way as to paint Republicans as “the party of no” blocking “progress”.

The last thing they would ever do is frame any questions around these issues.

* Question #8 - During the entire year of 2009, do you happen to know if there were more American military fatalities in:

While the question is relevant, it also points to the lame stream obsession with the costs of war and never the fruits of war.

* Question #11 - Do you happen to know who Stephen Colbert is?

The ONLY way this question could have had ANY relevance to ANYTHING is if it had been framed in such a way as to reveal how many young people get their “news” from flaming Leftist entertainers/indoctrinators such as Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, etc. Pew FAILED to do that.


At 2/13/2010 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello from Portugal, this makes me a news junkie i guess:


"You correctly answered 12 of the 12 possible questions along with approximately 2% of the public. You did better than 98% of the general public."

At 2/18/2010 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clameur de Haro, you got the oil question right, and Pew got it wrong. The reports by the US Department of Energy for last quarter show that the US got just over 50% from foreign sources.


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