Sep. 27, 2012

Section 4: Demographics and Political Views of News Audiences

In general, the regular audiences for most television and print news outlets tend to be older than the public as a whole. Yet there are some notable exceptions. As was the case two years ago, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show have the youngest audiences of the 24 news sources tested: 43% of Colbert’s […]

Aug. 10, 2012

What Voters Know about Campaign 2012

Before you read the report, test your own News IQ by taking the interactive knowledge quiz. The short quiz includes many of the questions that were included in a national poll. Participants will instantly learn how they did on the quiz in comparison with the voting public as well as with people like them. […]

Apr. 11, 2012

What the Public Knows about the Political Parties

Most Americans can correctly identify the relative positions of the Republican and Democratic parties on the major issues of the day. But a review of what Americans know about the political parties shows that the public is better informed about the partisan affiliations of two popular recent presidents – Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton […]

Feb. 7, 2012

Section 3: Perceptions of Bias, News Knowledge

The number of Americans who believe there is a great deal of political bias in news coverage has edged up to 37% from 31% four years ago. Republicans continue to express more concern about media bias than do Democrats, but the rise in recent years has occurred across party lines. About half (49%) of Republicans […]

Nov. 7, 2011

What the Public Knows – In Words and Pictures

Before you read the report, test your own News IQ by taking the interactive knowledge quiz. The short quiz includes many of the questions that were included in a national poll. Participants will instantly learn how they did on the quiz in comparison with the general public as well as with people like them. […]

Mar. 31, 2011

Well Known: Clinton and Gadhafi; Little Known: Who Controls Congress

Take News IQ Quiz Before you read the report, we invite you to test your own News IQ by taking the latest interactive knowledge quiz now available on the Pew Research Center website. The short quiz includes many of the questions that were included in a national poll. Participants will instantly learn how they […]

Nov. 18, 2010

Public Knows Basic Facts about Politics, Economics, But Struggles with Specifics

Few Aware of TARP Repayment, Inflation Rate

Sep. 12, 2010

Section 4: Who is Listening, Watching, Reading – and Why

Not all Americans are looking for the same things when they turn to the news. With the wide array of news sources now available, the regular audiences for various news outlets offer differing top reasons why those sources appeal to them. Regular CNN viewers, for example, overwhelmingly say they turn to CNN for the latest […]

Jul. 15, 2010

Well Known: Twitter; Little Known: John Roberts

An overwhelming proportion of Americans are familiar with Twitter, the online information-sharing network. Perhaps more surprisingly, a large majority also knows that children who are born to illegal immigrants in the United States are automatically U.S. citizens. Yet the public continues to struggle in identifying political figures, foreign leaders and even knowing facts about […]

Feb. 4, 2010

Millennials’ Lukewarm Support For Health Care Bills

Jan. 28, 2010

Senate Legislative Process A Mystery To Many

The public has consistently expressed strong interest in the health care debate, but relatively few Americans can correctly answer two key questions related to the Senate’s consideration of health care legislation. In the latest installment of the Pew Research Center’s News IQ Quiz, just 32% know that the Senate passed its version of the […]

Oct. 14, 2009

Well Known:Public Option, Sonia Sotomayor Little Known: Cap and Trade, Max Baucus

The U.S. government has a lot on its plate right now, which means that the American public has a lot to keep up with in the news. The Pew Research Center’s latest News IQ Quiz finds a mixed picture of public awareness on key issues, with majorities aware of some key facts on health […]

Dec. 15, 2008

Hillary’s New Job Better Known Than Dow Jones Average

Take the Quiz Before YouRead the Report: http://pewresearch.org/newsiq/ A new Pew News IQ survey yields some predictable results about the public’s knowledge of facts about politics and world affairs, but also a few surprises. Hillary Clinton’s nomination to be secretary of state is known by just about everyone – not too surprisingly. However, even […]

Oct. 15, 2008

Who Knows News? What You Read or View Matters, but Not Your Politics

Aug. 17, 2008

News Interest and Knowledge

Most Americans continue to track local and national news most of the time, while most say they follow international news only when important developments occur. A 57% majority follows local community news closely most of the time, whether or not something important is happening. Similarly, 55% follow national news most of the time. By contrast, […]

Jul. 10, 2008

Section 2: Evaluating the Candidates and Campaigns

Despite their high levels of interest and engagement, the proportion of voters who express satisfaction with the choice of presidential candidates this year is no greater than it has been in the past two elections. Overall, six-in-ten voters say they are either very satisfied (19%) or fairly satisfied (41%) with the field of likely presidential […]

Mar. 12, 2008

Awareness of Iraq War Fatalities Plummets

Summary of Findings What’s Your News IQ? Take the LatestQuiz Public awareness of the number of American military fatalities in Iraq has declined sharply since last August. Today, just 28% of adults are able to say that approximately 4,000 Americans have died in the Iraq war. As of March 10, the Department of Defense had […]

Sep. 24, 2007

Political Knowledge Update

What’s Your News IQ? Take the LatestQuiz Nearly nine-in-ten Americans know that China was the source of dangerous toys and tainted food recently in the news. And sizeable majorities can identify House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Sunni as the branch of Islam struggling with the Shia for control in […]

Apr. 15, 2007

Public Knowledge of Current Affairs Little Changed by News and Information Revolutions

Summary of Findings What’s Your News IQ? Take the Latest Quiz Since the late 1980s, the emergence of 24-hour cable news as a dominant news source and the explosive growth of the internet have led to major changes in the American public’s news habits. But a new nationwide survey finds that the coaxial and digital […]

Jul. 30, 2006

Section 6: Other Findings

Cell Phones, DVDs, DVRs on the Rise Americans own a wide and growing array of electronic devices and services for communication and entertainment. The vast majority of households (86%) have a digital video disc (DVD) player, and nearly as many (82%) subscribe to cable or satellite television services. The digital video recorder (DVR or TiVo), […]