Here’s a tidbit you won’t be shocked about. According to a new poll, people who watch Fox News are less informed than people who watch Jon Stewart on Comedy Central and those who listen to NPR. See, told you that you wouldn’t be shocked.
The PublicMind poll was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and it focused on the revolutions in Egypt and Syria. Participants were asked if the people of Egypt successfully ended the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Among Fox News viewers, only 48% answered correctly while 68% of NPR listeners gave the right answer. When asked if Syrians had toppled their government, 60% of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart viewers were able to give the right answer, compared to only 45% of Fox News viewers.
Keep in mind that The Daily Show is a comedy news program on Comedy Central while Fox bills itself as news you can trust. The fact that Fox News viewers are more ignorant than people who watch John Stewart every day is quite telling. A study conducted last year by the University of Maryland discovered that Fox News watchers were more misinformed than those who get their information from other sources. So, the Fairleigh Dickinson poll just adds more weight to the case made by liberals that Fox News is merely propaganda designed to dumb down the minds exposed to it.
According to Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson and an analyst for the poll, “The 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.”
I know. Shocking, right?