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  • toast22342000 toast22342000 Jan 28, 2013 11:22 AM Flag

    no wonder you're nitwits

    According to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll,
    some news sources make us less likely to know what’s going on in the world. In the
    most recent study, the poll asked New Jerseyans about current events at home and
    abroad, and from what sources – if any – they get their information. The conclusion:
    Sunday morning news shows do the most to help people learn about current events,
    while some outlets, especially Fox News, lead people to be even less informed than
    those who say they don’t watch any news at all.
    Among other topics, New Jerseyans were asked about the outcome of the uprisings in
    North Africa and the Middle East this past year. While 53% of New Jerseyans know that
    Egyptians were successful in overthrowing the government of Hosni Mubarak, 21% say
    that the uprisings were unsuccessful, and 26% admit they don’t know. Also, 48% know
    that the Syrian uprising has thus far been unsuccessful, while 36% say they don’t know,
    and 16% say the Syrians have already toppled their government.
    But the real finding is that the results depend on what media sources people turn to for
    their news. For example, people who watch Fox News, the most popular of the 24-hour
    cable news networks, are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their
    government than those who watch no news at all (after controlling for other news
    sources, partisanship, education and other demographic factors). Fox News watchers
    are also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their
    government than those who watch no news.

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