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Postby BGbootha » Thu May 03, 2007 12:13 am

Pew Survey Finds Most Knowledgeable Americans Watch 'Daily Show' and 'Colbert'-- and Visit Newspaper Sites

By E&P Staff

Published: April 15, 2007 11:30 PM ET

NEW YORK A new survey of 1,502 adults released Sunday by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that despite the mass appeal of the Internet and cable news since a previous poll in 1989, Americans' knowledge of national affairs has slipped a little. For example, only 69% know that Dick Cheney is vice president, while 74% could identify Dan Quayle in that post in 1989.

Other details are equally eye-opening. Pew judged the levels of knowledgeability (correct answers) among those surveyed and found that those who scored the highest were regular watchers of Comedy Central's The Daily Show and Colbert Report. They tied with regular readers of major newspapers in the top spot -- with 54% of them getting 2 out of 3 questions correct. Watchers of the Lehrer News Hour on PBS followed just behind.

Virtually bringing up the rear were regular watchers of Fox News. Only 1 in 3 could answer 2 out of 3 questions correctly. Fox topped only network morning show viewers.

Told that Shia was one group of Muslims struggling in Iraq, only 32% of the total sample could name "Sunni" as the other key group.

The percentage of those who knew their state's governor dropped to 2 in 3. Almost half know that Rep. Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House and 2 in 3 know that Condi Rice is secretary of state. But just 29% can identify Scooter Libby, 21% know Robert Gates and 15% can name Sen. Harry Reid.

But nearly 9 in 10 knew about President Bush's troop escalation in Iraq.

Men scored higher than women, and older Americans did better than younger, on average. Democrats and Republicans were about equally represented in the most knowledgeable group but there were more Democrats in the least aware group.


I don't know what part I like more, the fact that Stewart and Colbert make you smarter or that Fox News came in just behind 'The View'.
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Postby GreatestShowOnEarth » Thu May 03, 2007 12:33 am

im more of a Colbert fan myself. I dont watch in every night but i do enjoy it even if it is "fake" news...
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Postby treat24 » Thu May 03, 2007 2:22 am

this doesn't surprise me at all... they found a way to get people who wouldn't even watch the news to watch...
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Postby BGbootha » Thu May 03, 2007 9:22 am

treat24 wrote:this doesn't surprise me at all... they found a way to get people who wouldn't even watch the news to watch...


Exactly and now these people who wouldn't even watch the news now know more than the people who watch other news programs on a regular basis.
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Postby moonhead » Thu May 03, 2007 9:28 am

i am so smart. s-m-r-t.
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Postby treat24 » Thu May 03, 2007 9:32 am

moonhead wrote:i am so smart. s-m-r-t.


love your av, homer
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Postby moonhead » Thu May 03, 2007 9:36 am

treat24 wrote:
moonhead wrote:i am so smart. s-m-r-t.


love your av, homer


hold still! i gotta work on my stabbing! yeeeeeaaaah! :-b
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Re: "Daily Show" Viewers know more

Postby The_Dude » Thu May 03, 2007 2:23 pm

BGbootha wrote:
Pew Survey Finds Most Knowledgeable Americans Watch 'Daily Show' and 'Colbert'-- and Visit Newspaper Sites

By E&P Staff

Published: April 15, 2007 11:30 PM ET

NEW YORK A new survey of 1,502 adults released Sunday by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that despite the mass appeal of the Internet and cable news since a previous poll in 1989, Americans' knowledge of national affairs has slipped a little. For example, only 69% know that Dick Cheney is vice president, while 74% could identify Dan Quayle in that post in 1989.


A survey with 1502 adults using a RDD survey design has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.5%. If the 1989 survey had as many or fewer respondents, then 69 to 74 percent is not a statistically significant change. Americans knowledge of national affairs has not slipped; it has stayed constant. :-#

The rest is interesting though...
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Re: "Daily Show" Viewers know more

Postby skibrett15 » Mon May 07, 2007 7:38 pm

The_Dude wrote:
BGbootha wrote:
Pew Survey Finds Most Knowledgeable Americans Watch 'Daily Show' and 'Colbert'-- and Visit Newspaper Sites

By E&P Staff

Published: April 15, 2007 11:30 PM ET

NEW YORK A new survey of 1,502 adults released Sunday by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that despite the mass appeal of the Internet and cable news since a previous poll in 1989, Americans' knowledge of national affairs has slipped a little. For example, only 69% know that Dick Cheney is vice president, while 74% could identify Dan Quayle in that post in 1989.


A survey with 1502 adults using a RDD survey design has a margin of error of plus/minus 2.5%. If the 1989 survey had as many or fewer respondents, then 69 to 74 percent is not a statistically significant change. Americans knowledge of national affairs has not slipped; it has stayed constant. :-#

The rest is interesting though...

I was going to ask whether the statistics were relevant or not. Thanks for that info.
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