Poll Says Fox News Viewers Less Informed Than Those Who Don't Even Follow the News

Poll Says Fox News Viewers Less Informed Than Those Who Don't Even Follow the News

Can't say this is really shocking, but it's still nice to see it in print...according to a poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, people who watch Fox News are less informed about current events than the people who don't follow any news at all. 

The poll asked New Jerseyans where they find their news, and then a few questions about the latest breaking stories, such as the uprisings in Egypt and Syria. For instance, when asked if the people of Egypt had toppled Hosni Mubarak's regime, only 49% of Fox News viewers answered correctly, whereas 68% of NPR listeners answered correctly. Also according to the poll, viewers of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart performed well with the questions.

A political science professor at the university, Dan Cassino, elaborated, saying, "The (poll's) results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don't watch any news at all."

This isn't the first time Fox News has been slammed for how informative it actually is - last December, a study conducted by the University of Maryland showed that Fox News viewers are consistently the least informed, regardless of political party affiliation.

[Via Gawker]

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