Pop Quiz: Can You Answer These Three Questions?

Who holds the current majority in the US House of Representatives?
Who is the current US Secretary of State?
Who is the current Prime Minister of Great Britain?

If you can’t answer one or more of these you are such an American it’s not even funny.

From LiveScience.com:

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.

The survey, conducted between April 30 and June 1 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 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).

11 thoughts on “Pop Quiz: Can You Answer These Three Questions?

  1. Funnier to me is that the democrats have control of the senate as well.. funny because there are 49 democrats and 49 republicans and 2 independents. don’t know how how that can be construed as control at all when the republicans have set a record for filibusters at 77 while cloture need 3/5ths or 60/100 senators to break the filibuster. control is a very funny word when you get down to the details. sorry i know that’s like 3 or 4 questions that’s wasn’t asked. LOL

  2. We’re Merkins – what do we need to know who is the Prime Minister of some furrin country for?

  3. I got ’em all right. Where’s my gold star, ma’am? Granted, it was a gimme. The saddest part is that as easy as those questions were, most people flunked. When Jay Leno gives those pop quizzes on the street, people often give embarrassingly bad answers. They usually don’t know who the first president was, who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb, Obama’s nationality (hint: he’s not an Arab), etc. If you don’t believe me, watch Leno. Look, I’m no smartypants myself. I don’t know who’s running McCain’s campaign (maybe he doesn’t either), and I’ll be hard pressed to explain the new bail-out bill to anybody, but I think we should know some basic stuff, like the names of the newspapers we read, and knowing that Obama is a Christian who attends a church, not a mosque.

  4. I heard another survey today on NPR where most people could not identify where Iraq is on a map, others could not name the three branches of gov. in this nation, and they couldn’t explain the significance of the Roe v. Wade decision. Kind of makes more sense why so many people are ignorant when it comes to voting and the issues at hand.

  5. Well, I got all three. I’m proud of myself. Much better than the mid nineties, when someone asked, and I didn’t know that Qadafi was still runnin tings in Libya. That was a lil embarrassing.

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