Test your news IQ

Iq quizThis is a terrific and incredibly easy test. And it shows results in a number of ways.  It clearly indicates that the majority of Americans don’t have a clue about what’s going on in the world.  No wonder our politicians take such advantage of us.  It’s astonishing that so many people got less than half right.  These results say that 80% of the (voting) public doesn’t have a clue, and that’s pretty scary.

There are no tricks here – just a simple test to see if you are current on your information.  This is quite good and the results are shocking.

I believe it was Winston Churchill who opined that ” . . . the biggest argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter . . .”

Test your knowledge with 11 questions, then be ready to shudder when you see how others did!

Test your news IQ – Pew Research Center



34 thoughts on “Test your news IQ

  1. I also missed the question about obesity. I said it was 50%. The really scary thing about these quizzes is that most voters can’t tell you who their Congressman is, or who either of their Senators is, but they know who the winner was on American Idol.

  2. Not trying to brag or anything, I thought it was pretty basic. 11/11. No specific details of news so I’m guessing most people should do well if they half pay attention.

  3. 9 of 11 (missed #’s 9 & 10). I only catch the sports and weather when the news comes on so I really don’t know how difficult this test was…

  4. There is no correlation between knowing what the news is talking about, and knowing what’s going on in the world. For example, a meaningless statistic such as the unemployment rate tells you close to NOTHING about the world. Knowing the names of some politicians is even more irrelevant

    I knew the answer to only 1 of these, and proud of it, as it means my mind is not cluttered with silly useless data. I would rather get 0, but I knew the Facebook one.

    • Knowing the name of your representative is not irrelevant. How do you know who to vote for if you have no idea of what a candidate stands for? Maybe that’s why we have so many crooks running the show.

      • We all vote each and every day. When you buy a product, you vote for increased production of similar products. If you watch reality shows, you’ll get more reality shows next season.

        When you consume news about terrorism you finance the next wave of terrorism.

        Once you consider the countless votes you cast each year, you understand that the choice of representatives is insignificant.

        Here’s what’s going on in the world: too many people waste too much time watching a soap opera called “news” instead of doing something productive.

  5. 8/11, Not an american.

    However, this quiz isn’t about what’s going on in the world, it’s about America.
    I think there was only one question not set directly within american borders. I didn’t know who the speaker of your house was, what your overall unemployment rate is, nor the proportional power of one u.s political party against the other.
    To be fair, one or two of my correct answers were reasoned guesses rather than known fact.

    I’m amazed that anyone would be proud not to be able to answer more than one question correctly. Most of this stuff is the sort of everyday background information we absorb from multiple sources without ever needing to concentrate.
    A far more interesting quiz might be asking questions of world events. It seemed to me on my recent U.S. travels that many Americans have no idea whatsoever what’s going on outside their hometown, let alone outside the U.S.

  6. 10/11 – but I don’t think it’s too important to know how many fat people there are.
    At first I thought it was going to be international in scope – if it had been I’d have failed miserably.

  7. 8/12 and I don’t live in the U.S. Still, I agree with Gum: there’s a difference between knowing a statistic and knowing what’s going on in the world. There’s also a difference between knowing what office Hilarious Clinton has or which party hold the majority in AMERICA vs. knowing what’s going on in the WORLD. I could go on all day!

  8. On drunken second thot. This is a fake web site designed to make non-Americans look smart.

    Have you ever heard a politician say, “The voting public is stupid“, Something they full well know but won`t say out loud, What else do they know but won`t say “on the record“…

    I wonder how many gingers Cain has on his team…

  9. I agree with the general sentiment that one doesn’t have to know the Speaker of the House or what office Hillary holds to know what’s going on in the world, but when you don’t know ANY of these general questions at all, then I’d argue you DON’T know what’s going on in the US. The unemployment rate has been pretty steady for the past few years. The obesity rate has been that way for the past 10 years or so. The Wisconsin thing was on the news constantly for a month. Medicare has been sapping up money forever and it’s complained about daily. If you had a pulse on what’s going on, you’d know these things or some of these things. These are general knowledge questions, they aren’t asking for specific details about the news.

  10. I answered all correctly. As a U.S. citizen I can’t imagine anyone voting on any subject or in any election if they missed more than one. But that’s why we live in a republic and not a democracy. Too many obliviots vote . . . you need to have checks and balances.


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