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Poll Reveals “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” Viewers Most Knowledgable on National Affairs

April 16, 2007

It is an interesting commentary on the state of our country and our culture that regular viewers of the "fake news" rank as the most informed on national affairs.  And by national affairs, I mean the tough questions, like the identify of our Vice President.

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.

Read it all HERE

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