Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University have once again conducted a study on how informationally challenged the viewers of certain cable news stations are. FDU conducted a similar study in late 2011 but were criticized for only questioning respondents from New Jersey, where the university is located. This time, the researchers updated the study and conducted the poll nationwide.
The poll asked questions about international news (Iran, Egypt, Syria and Greece were included) and domestic affairs (Republican primaries, Congress, unemployment and the Keystone XL pipeline.)
The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don't watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy right.
As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse: The study found that someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly -- a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all.
Other networks also did badly in some sections. MSNBC viewers and Fox News viewers both fared worse in answering international questions than people who watched no news.
Interestingly though people who only listened to NPR or watched Sunday morning talk shows or "The Daily Show" did the best in the study.
In other words... Jon Stewart Rules, Bill O'reilly drools!