What’s Your News IQ?

Twice a year since 2007, the Pew Research Center has tested the American population to determine their News IQ. The test features 13 sets of pictures, maps, and graphs to test the American public’s knowledge of current events. This year, the results are in, and they show that the younger generation doesn’t know its politics.

According to pewresearch.org, this year’s quiz took place online from Jan. 18-24. It was taken by a random sample of 1,041 adults. Participants in the youngest age bracket, 18-29, had the lowest scores when it came to identifying political figures.

According to the Pew Research Center, only 59 percent of the 18-29 age group were able to identify Governor Chris Christie, while a mere 46 percent were able to identify John Kerry as a nominee for Secretary of State

Across the board, young people failed at identifying political figures where their older counterparts succeeded. Participants over the age of 50 were able to identify Kerry, Christie, and others with much higher success rates.


There was one question, though, where the younger generation overwhelmingly had the right answer. When presented with an image of a blue bird, 91 percent were able to identify it correctly as Twitter’s corporate logo, while only 67 percent of those over age 50 could do the same. Perhaps more politicians should start tweeting.

To find more results, and take the quiz for yourself, visit:


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