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 comments to Test your news IQ

  • goddess

    10/11. And I’m pissed about the one I missed.

  • Qoumidan

    I got 10 right. I got the obesity question wrong, I thought the percentage was higher. It says I am in 7%.

  • 8/11, but in my defence I’m not American.

  • Richard

    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.

  • Sander

    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.

  • StAnne

    I got 9 of 11 correct. I tend to skim over politics news. It all makes me sick.

  • Yep

    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…

  • Gum

    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.

    • Richard

      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.

      • Gum

        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.

  • Mike

    I got 8 out of 12. I don’t even live in the US.

  • Buckwheat

    11/11 First Time. News junkie am I

  • 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.

  • lom

    oops I got 4 but then I do live in the UK.

  • Barb Dwigher

    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.

  • Steve

    9/11 and i’m Canadian.

  • 10/11. And I’m pissed about the one I missed, also

  • revrick315

    11/11 and I’m pissed about the ones I got right…

  • Crispy

    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!

  • DJ

    The one I always guess wrong on is where you have to enter your age. I’m always way too low.

  • grumpy

    Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

  • Gary

    10/11 I missed #5. I almost checked medicare but went with the debt…and yeah I’m pissed.

  • Slab

    10/11 – I also missed the obesity one. I expected the questions to be much harder.

  • I’m with Gary. 10/11. Missed the same one. And I almost went with Medicare as well but ended up going with the interest on the debt.

  • Milwaukee Mike

    11/11…I think an American should have to answer at least six to be qualified to vote.

  • tony m

    9/11 from downunder.

  • grumpy

    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…

  • Sander

    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.

  • malc

    I’m from the UK…. I got 8 right.

  • NCtim

    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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