Voting - Should America Let ALL the People Vote

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Americans Flunk Simple 3-Question Political  Survey By  LiveScience Staff posted: 15 October 2008 05:13 pm ET Matt the Instructor Commands: Take the Test First before reading on!!!! 1. Who is the controlling party of the US House of Representatives? 2. Who is the US Secretary of State? 3. Who is Great Britain’s Prime Minister?  No Cheating!!!  Some news audiences are more politically savvy than others, according to a new poll, with readers of  The New  Yorker  and similar high-brow magazines being the most knowledgeable.  measured the political knowledge  of 3,612 U.S. adults. Participants were asked to name the controlling party of the  U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. secretary of state and Great Britain's prime minister.  Overall, just 18 percent of participants answered all three questions correctly.  More than 50 percent of Americans knew that the Democrats have a majority in the House, while 42 percent could identify the secretary of state (Condoleezza Rice). Less than  30 percent could name the prime minister of Great Britain (Gordon Brown).  Perfect scores   The best-informed news audiences crossed the ideological spectrum . Nearly half of regular readers of  The New  Yorker The Atlantic  and  Harper's Magazine  answered all three political knowledge questions correctly.  A perfect score was obtained by 44 percent of regular listeners of National Public Radio (NPR), 43 percent of regular  audience. Thirty-four percent of "The Colbert Report" audience and 30 percent of "The Daily Show" audience got all  three questions correct.  While most news audiences knew that Democrats have a majority in the House, participants struggled to correctly  name the current British prime minister. 
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Just four news audiences had a majority who correctly identified Brown, including regular readers of  The New Yorker  and similar magazines such as  The Atlantic , regular NPR listeners, regular readers of political magazines, such as  The Weekly Standard  and  The New Republic , and regular viewers of "Hardball."  Just 44 percent of BBC viewers identified the prime minister correctly.  Here's a detailed breakdown of the percentage of individuals answering each of the three questions correctly from the  different news audiences:  The New Yorker / Atlantic : 71 percent (correctly identified Democrats as the majority in the House), 71 percent  (correctly identified Condoleezza Rice), 59 percent (correctly identified Gordon Brown) 
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