Fact Tank Sep. 15, 2015

The race gap in science knowledge

When asked a series of 12 science-related questions, whites, on average, fared better than blacks or Hispanics. What’s behind this knowledge gap?

Fact Tank Sep. 14, 2015

Does water’s boiling point change with altitude? Americans aren’t sure

Only 34% of Americans correctly answered a question about the difference (if any) between boiling water in Los Angeles and Denver. So what’s the right answer, and why?

Internet & Tech Sep. 10, 2015

Science Knowledge Quiz

Who developed the polio vaccine? Does water boil at different temperatures based on altitude? Which is the hottest of Earth’s three layers? Take our science quiz and see how you compare with Americans overall.

Internet & Tech Sep. 10, 2015

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that most Americans can answer basic questions about several scientific terms and concepts, such as the layers of the Earth and the elements needed to make nuclear energy.

Fact Tank May. 14, 2015

Dim public awareness of Supreme Court as major rulings loom

The U.S. Supreme Court remains an institution whose members – and even the facts about some of its most important decisions – are a mystery to many Americans.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2015

What the Public Knows — In Pictures, Words, Maps and Graphs

The latest Pew Research Center News IQ survey finds that, nearly half a century after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., an overwhelming majority of Americans (91%) are able to identify the civil rights leader from his picture.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2015

Quiz: Test Your News Knowledge

Take our latest News IQ quiz and see how you compare to the others who answered the questions as part of a national survey.

Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2014

Who’s in charge of the Fed? Don’t bank on public knowing the answer

Just 24% of Americans can correctly pick out Janet Yellen — from a list of four — as the chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

U.S. Politics Oct. 2, 2014

From ISIS to Unemployment: What Do Americans Know?

The latest Pew Research Center News IQ quiz measures the public’s awareness of key facts in the news: from questions about conflicts around the world to the current minimum wage and the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Fact Tank Sep. 19, 2013

The latest News IQ Quiz: How our web visitors stack up against the public

Our online quiz-takers did better than the general public on each of the 13 questions in our latest News IQ Quiz.