U.S. PoliticsApril 11, 2012

What the Public Knows about the Political Parties

Most Americans can correctly identify the relative positions of the Republican and Democratic parties on the major issues of the day. But a review of what Americans know about the political parties suggests that two popular recent presidents — Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton — are more recognizable icons of their political parties than any issue or ideological position.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 7, 2011

What the Public Knows – In Words and Pictures

The Pew Research Center News IQ tests the public’s knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news. The latest survey used multiple-choice items as well as photographs, maps and symbols in its 19 questions.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 31, 2011

Political Knowledge Update

The public is generally aware of basic facts about several recent national and international news stories, but current politics in Washington, including the balance of power, are a mystery to many. Young adults score best on education and Facebook.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 15, 2010

Political Knowledge Update

Pew’s latest news knowledge poll finds that an overwhelming proportion of Americans can correctly identify Twitter, but relatively few know which president launched the government’s bailout of banks and financial institutions.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 28, 2010

Public Knowledge: Senate Legislative Process a Mystery to Many

In the latest Pew Research News IQ Quiz, Americans answered on average fewer than six out of 12 questions correctly. The public struggled with most of the political questions, and despite expressing strong interest in the health care debate, few know how many votes it takes to break a filibuster or how many GOP votes the bill got in the Senate.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 14, 2009

What Does the Public Know?

There is a lot to keep up with in the news right now. Many Americans know key facts about health care and the economy, but questions about Afghanistan and environmental legislation in Congress stump the public.

U.S. PoliticsMarch 12, 2008

Awareness of Iraq War Fatalities Plummets

Public awareness of the number of American military killed in Iraq has declined sharply since last August along with news coverage of the war. A new Pew News IQ survey provides an updated look at the public’s knowledge of political and world affairs.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 24, 2007

Political Knowledge Update

Take our updated quiz about prominent people and major events in the news. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,005 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.