What’s Your Political IQ?

There’s an online quiz at the Pew Research Center’s website: 11 questions to rate your political IQ. The quiz should take just a few minutes to complete.

You can take the poll here: http://pewresearch.org/politicalquiz/

Record your score below. You’re welcome to comment, but please do not discuss specific questions so as not to skew the results.

It will be interesting to see how the average RedState reader (or @VladimirRS follower) scores in comparison with the general population.

Cross-posted at RedState.com.

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63 Responses to What’s Your Political IQ?

  1. Xasteius says:

    11 right.

  2. Don Phillips says:

    I would feel embarassed if I missed more than two (I got them all correct..an educated guess on the obese question)

    I look forward to seeing some results on your readers compared to other blogs if such will be available.

  3. I correctly answered 11 out of the 11 possible questions, on the Pew News IQ Quiz!
    (And I owe it all to RedState!)

  4. Mike says:

    I won a car too!!

    It was Volt – I gave it back 🙂

    Fly Navy

  5. Perfect score. Amazed to see such a low spread on the overall, especially among the older groups.

  6. Dean says:

    Darn! I didn’t get that one because I couldn’t see my feet!

  7. Kristen McFarland says:

    Actually, I should have gotten all correct..this is from a me who can’t stand being wrong about anything…but it was respectable anyway…

  8. Tom Cox says:

    11/11. I was not confident in 1 answer, but either I guessed well or knew more than I thought. I’d like to see all 535 members of Congress take this (under adult supervision, to prevent “revising and extending their remarks”) with the scores posted ,BY NAME AND PARTY.

  9. Maggi says:

    missed on the obesity question, nuts

  10. goldenprez says:

    The results of the quiz, at least so far, do not tell us anything we did not already know.

    Men score better than women. College grads score the best. 50+ seniors score second best.

    As an indicator of where political education needs to be targeted, we should be directing our efforts at … women!

    Obviously, the youth need educating as well, but they do not usually vote in numbers large enough to make a difference. Thank God.

    The same is true of those with minimum, or less, education.

    The question then becomes, how do conservatives “get through” to women?

    • Bob Stovall says:

      Well now,

      As an over 50 male college dropout and product of government schools I guess that means I’m in the high cotton.

  11. 11 right, 100%, and a liberal / socialist / democrat / hippie.

  12. Kim says:

    10 out of 11 for me. Missed the obesity question…

  13. Donna says:

    Guess I’m the dummy – I only got 9 right.

  14. GOODNEWSTOO says:

    Embarrassed by the obesity question. Somehow I feel just as let down as I did after failing Advanced Calculus quizzes in college. Congrats to all who aced the quiz.

  15. Chris Wesson says:

    I got 11 correct and was disgusted to find out the only 2% polled got all 11 correct also. But then I found out that 48% of RedState viewers got 11 correct so I felt a bit better. The obese question was a guess but the rest were easy if you watch the news at ALL! Sad

  16. See How Long I last at RS says:

    11 for 11. Decent for a left-winger.

  17. Stanley says:

    11 right. (I guessed on the obese one too Don.)

  18. PH says:

    Damn! We RedStaters sure are smart! I scored 11 of 11 also! But I’m really not surprised.

  19. TOm says:

    I figured people were fatter than the CDC says. Heh. Got to stop shopping at Sam’s Club I guess.

  20. Michael says:

    11 out of 11 right, did have to guess right on the obese one. I did see on the break down that question had about 40% getting it right. The real shocker was people not knowing the budget question right before it.

  21. Wow, I can’t believe that the average is so low! Those scoring 6 or less probably shouldn’t be allowed near a ballot box!

    I scored 11/11, but I admit to guessing on the “obese” question. Other than that, if you’ve been paying any attention at all, you should score 8 or above.

  22. Audax says:

    11 of 11. Guessed on the “fat” questions but got it right. Yes a Red State reader….

  23. toonces is the cat[s pajamas–11 of 11.

  24. HungarianFalcon says:

    Got ’em all right. Only real question mark was #5 (what do we spend the most money on?). I guess I can’t be a conservative / tea party dude anymore.


  25. 10 out of 11 … embarrassing in the company of Red Staters.
    PEW should ask a 12th question “Do you approve of BHO?” before you get to see the results. The skew of average scores by approve/disapprove wouldn’t surprise, but it would be fun for a day.

  26. JohnnyD says:

    I was thinking of the Gallup poll that said:

    “Feb. 10, 2010 — More Americans are becoming overweight or obese, exercising less, and eating unhealthy foods.

    The latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which shows that 63.1% of adults in the U.S. were either overweight or obese”

    So I contest my score of 10 of 11. LOL !………………………..

  27. 11/11, no guesses, 77years old, looking for the 100 mark, and concerned by the current direction…not the country I was raised in, sorry to say.

  28. Mark says:

    I got 10 out of 11, getting the obese question wrong. I thought it might be 25% but couldn’t bring myself to accept that fact. Living in San Francisco you forget how the middle of the country is filled with fatties who watch fox news all day.

  29. Richard says:

    Yup 10 of 11 and I can see my feet. Guess that had something to do with missing that one.

  30. ec says:

    Shoulda stuck with my first answer to Q6 and I would have got an 11 !

  31. John Corbin says:

    I also won a Chevy Volt. I took it apart and sold the parts back to GM for 2X the price of the car.

  32. Mike Farmer says:

    I got all eleven right, and I’m feeling pretty smart right now knowing that I’m perfect.

  33. Jack Savage says:

    9 for 11. Sad, and no hangover to blame. But my two misses will come true soon enough…

  34. aesthete says:

    11 out of a possible eleven. I’m embarrassed that so many in the general population got so many questions wrong.

    Would be interesting to compare results with other political sites’ commentators like DKos, Ace of Spades, Reason, etc

  35. Robert says:

    10/11 but for obese – stupid question. Political?? or politisized…..

  36. Ann_W says:

    11 out of 11. Why do women generally pay less attention to politics? When I talk to friends I usually am surprised how little they know/care about politics. It’s depressing that they cancel out the votes of people who actually do their homework.

  37. Nancylee says:

    I got 11 right. The obesity question was the only one of which I wasn’t positive, but I was about 80 per cent sure, so I chose 25%.

    I am over 50, but I’m female, and I am appalled at the ignorance of women in particular about basic political knowledge. In this day and age, you can determinedly ignore politics, but politics will not ignore you. I prefer to go into the battle armed to the teeth.

  38. Brian says:

    Yeah I’m embarrassed, 9/11. The 2 I missed are ones I had correct and changed my answer (I swear!)

  39. mer says:

    Interesting. 11/11, Pew says I’m in the top 2% but the results here say better than half of us got it perfect.

    Bunch a geniuses aren’t we 🙂

  40. auntturtle says:

    I hate to admit that I came in 10/11. I missed the budget question because I thought to myself that Medicare just cant’t, can’t, can’t be the correct answer.

    • I ALMOST missed that one, too. I went back and forth on it — thinking it might be the interest on the debt (since the debt is so humongous.) But I ended up going with the right answer; all these weeks of listening to Paul Ryan have had their effect.

  41. CB says:

    I thought the unemployment question was what it REALLY was closer to – not reported. Grrrrrr. 10 of 11.

  42. hueypilot says:

    I also answered 11 correct, however I don’t think it is anything to be proud of since the questions seem very easy. What bothers me is how many fellow Americans are uninformed.

  43. grandma says:

    Perfect informed conservative score, but used an educated guess on the obesity question.

  44. Mark in Kansas says:

    I answered the obesity question correctly but failed on the question involving which category of spending is the highest. I’m pleased. 53 year-old college dropout but I get my news from online sites including Red State.

  45. Sammy says:

    Got 10 of 11 correct….. missed the obese question. Have you ever been to the mall? Could have sworn 50% of the people in this country were fat.

  46. J.P. says:

    Ok, so 2% of the gen’l pop got 11 right, yet a shade over 50% of those who registered their results here got 11. Has anyone yet looked at the distributions and calculated a measure of inter-blog commenter self-selection?

    I have to admit it’s the 11-ness that draws my attention.

  47. Ithos says:

    Call me a sore loser I but would have answered them all correctly if they had specified adults.

  48. Anne - Colorado says:

    The results show how the worst President ever gets elected……a lot of ignorance over fairly simple info that is in the news frequently or currently. So how can you expect the vast majority of people to understand economic issues and the consequences of raising taxes, big government, printing money and especially that cutting tax rates increases govt revenue. Even though cutting tax rates has proven to increase govt revenues twice under Reagan and Bush, I cringe every time I hear people laugh at that or deny it.

    I got all 11 correct but guessed on the one requiring the selection of a percentage.

  49. Big D says:

    10 correct. Just missed the one about the obesity rate. I went low.

    The demographic breakdown of general results as compared to mine really make me realise that, in all probability, we are DOOOOOOOMED!

  50. Wendy Gardner says:

    I answered 10 questions correctly. I’m an old lady, not very bright, memory slipping. High-school graduate. It wasn’t that hard. It only took a couple of minutes. They said I did better than 97% or something like that. Lord, help us!

  51. JonB says:

    I scored 11/11. What surprises me is that only 2% of the public had a perfect score.

  52. Jay says:

    In fairness, people who did poorly might not be so anxious to post that here, so I’d expect your results to be skewed to saying that your readers did better than they really did.

    • Steve Maley says:

      In fairness, that’s asinine.

      I described the results as unscientific, self-selected and adulterated. So what? Which of the questions in the Pew quiz do you think would have stumped the average political junkie of whatever persuasion?

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