HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Are you smarter than a Fo...

Sun Apr 22, 2012, 04:00 PM

Are you smarter than a Fox News viewer? [View all]

In 2005 the United States’ National Academies of Science joined the national science academies of Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom in making a joint statement about climate change. As to the reality of climate change, the academies stated: "Carbon dioxide levels have increased from 280 ppm in 1750 to over 375 ppm today - higher than any previous levels that can be reliably measured (i.e. in the last 420,000 years). Increasing greenhouse gases are causing temperatures to rise; the Earth’s surface warmed by approximately 0.6 centigrade degrees over the twentieth century." Fifty-four percent recognized that most scientists think that climate change is occurring. Sixty percent of daily Fox News viewers (compared with 25 percent CNN viewers) were wrong about the views of most scientists on this issue.

The Troubled Assets Relief Program won the support first of the Senate, on Oct. 1, 2008 and of the House, on Oct. 3, 2008. President Bush quickly signed the bill, called the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. But when asked which President had started the program, 40 percent believed incorrectly that TARP was started under President Obama, not under President George W. Bush. Fifty-five percent were correct that the program began under Bush. Forty-seven percent of Fox viewers were misinformed on this issue, but they came in third after those who get their daily news from network TV (51 percent) and from public broadcasting - NPR or PBS - (48 percent)

The stimulus legislation included about $288 billion in tax cuts. A modest majority of 54 percent of voters believed there were no tax cuts in the stimulus legislation, while 43 percent knew that it did include tax cuts. Sixty-three percent of Fox News viewers thought that the stimulus included no tax cuts. Some 52 percent of Network TV viewers were wrong, and newspapers and news magazine readers came in third at 47 percent. PBS/NPR audiences were best informed on this question.

According to the Tax Policy Center, 97 percent of US households saw their income taxes decrease. The center estimates that the Obama tax cuts saved these households and average of $1,179 in 2009. But only 10 percent of voters were aware that their taxes had gone down. A substantially larger number – 38 percent – even believed that their federal income taxes have gone up during the Obama administration. Another 48 percent thought their taxes had stayed the same. Forty-nine percent of Fox viewers thought that their taxes had gone up. Some 38 percent of network TV viewers (same as the national average) got it wrong, and 36 percent of NPR/PBS audiences got it wrong.

A total of 42 percent of voters believed either that Obama was not born in the US (15 percent) or that it is unclear whether he was or not (27 percent). Among daily Fox News viewers, that figure is 63 percent. Fifty-six percent of all of those surveyed knew it is clear that Obama was born in the United States. Some 45 percent of newspaper and news magazine readers got the question wrong, as did 43 percent of network TV news viewers.


8 replies, 3737 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 8 replies Author Time Post
Reply Are you smarter than a Fox News viewer? [View all]
underpants Apr 2012 OP
no_hypocrisy Apr 2012 #1
libodem Apr 2012 #2
no_hypocrisy Apr 2012 #3
BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2012 #8
Worried senior Apr 2012 #4
izquierdista Apr 2012 #5
ck4829 Apr 2012 #6
hobbit709 Apr 2012 #7