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A polling organization (Pew Research) asked over 3,000 Americans (1000 is normally considered to be a valid sample) three questions:

1. What party has the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives?

2. Who is the Secretary of State?

3. Who is the Prime Minister of Great Britain?

Only 18% got all three right. Not surprisingly, 44% of those who listen to NPR got it right. But 42% of those who watch "Hannity and Colmes" on Fox News got it right. Only 34% of "Colbert Report" and 30% of "The Daily Show" got 100%.

Only 44% of BBC listeners (remember, these are American listeners, not British ones) got the name of the British Prime Minister.

Here's the whole report:

Pew Research on political knowledge
post #2 of 4
Three simple questions that most people should be able answer.... but what/who is Hannity and Colmes? Obviously, I don't watch much tv and I never watch Fox.
post #3 of 4
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Never watch Fox News? Hillary Clinton's favorite network? Why not?

Actually, I personally can't stand Hannity and Colmes. They are two talk show hosts, one conservative and one liberal. I don't like the noise level on that show, but both the hosts are very well-informed, if partisan. Their show has a lot of interviews, but both hosts are very bad (and Colmes is the worst) about cutting off someones answer before they're finished. That just drives me crazy. If you ask a question, let someone answer. If you don't like the answer, or if they didn't answer, ask again. If they don't answer the second time, cut their mic and go to a commercial while you explain the rules to them.

Obviously, no one is going to hire me to host such a show!
post #4 of 4
The people who watch any of those shows are likely to be pretty political; I don't think it has much to do with the informational value of them but rather with the people who are going to watch them.

That is--- correlation does not equal causation.
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