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Pew Study: Americans Have Marginal Political, News Knowledge

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 02:45 PM

Of the nation's Millennial generation, a full 96 percent can identify slain Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a new Pew News IQ poll released Tuesday, Politico reported.

But when it comes to the make-up of their own Congress, just 47 percent of those 18- to 34-year-olds who responded to the Pew Research Center study could identify "the current party make-up" of the Senate, Politico said.

Their older counterparts were not much better, however. Just 52 percent of those respondents over 34 knew that there were 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats and two Independents in the upper chamber — a dismal failure on basic political knowledge.

Noted Pew: "About one-in-five (21 percent) say the GOP has an even larger Senate majority (61 seats), while 10 percent say Democrats hold the majority and 6 percent think the balance is 50-50."

Worse still, Pew noted, only one-in-three Americans know how many female justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, the study of 3,147 adults conducted March 10 through April 6 found, Politico said.

"More (39 percent) say that there are two women on the high court, while 14 percent say there is one woman on the court and 4 percent say there are four," Pew wrote.

The study showed that most know that taxpayers needed to indicate insurance coverage on their 2014 tax forms (84 percent). A large majority was able to identify the leader of North Korea, (Kim Jong Un) in a photo (82 percent), Pew said.

More than three-quarters knew where Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was, by looking at a map, and 76 also knew that the U.S. had re-established relations with Cuba. By contrast, just 52 percent knew Pope Francis is from Argentina and just 51 percent could identify Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from a series of photos, Pew said.

Education differences don't account for much variance. "Among college graduates and those with post-graduate degrees, majorities answered 11 of 12 correctly," Pew wrote.

News IQ also doesn't vary much among political affiliations. "On average, Republicans, Democrats and independents each answer about eight of twelve knowledge questions correctly," Pew said.

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