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1 Bob Dillon  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 6:57:15pm

Additional Finding [link at end of test]
Elected Officials Score Lower than the General Public

THE ISI CIVIC LITERACY survey was not designed to test the civic knowledge of elected officials, but it did discover evidence of an interesting pattern that may merit further exploration.

Are You Smarter Than a Politician?
OF THE 2,508 PEOPLE surveyed, 164 say they have held an elected government office at least once in their life. Their average score on the civic literacy test is 44%, compared to 49% for those who have not held an elected office. Officeholders are less likely than other respondents to correctly answer 29 of the 33 test questions. This table shows the “knowledge gap” for each question: the difference between the percentage of common citizens who answered correctly and the percentage of officeholders who answered correctly.

2 Sionainn  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 7:07:51pm

93.94%

3 CuriousLurker  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:25:23pm

re: #2 Sionainn

93.94%

Impressive!

I scored 81.82 %. Not too bad, but I missed some stuff I should’ve known. A few others I chose by the process of elimination.

A year ago I would’ve been lucky to hit the average American score. LGF has been instrumental in changing that.

4 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:39:57pm

Grrrr…

Missed the last one.

The last one.

5 reine.de.tout  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:41:57pm

re: #3 CuriousLurker

Impressive!

I scored 81.82 %. Not too bad, but I missed some stuff I should’ve known. A few others I chose by the process of elimination.

A year ago I would’ve been lucky to hit the average American score. LGF has been instrumental in changing that.

CL, that was my score as well. Two of my missed ones were ones where I waffled between two answers, one of which was the correct one. My other missed ones were just complete ignorance.

If the average American citizen scores 49% and college educators average 55%, well, hon, we did pretty damned well! I suspect most LGF readers will do much better than average.

6 Bob Dillon  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:46:40pm

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %

Like CL & RDT - some waffled and should have known misses.

7 Surabaya Stew  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:47:39pm

32 out of 33 correct! I just missed the one about free enterprise being more efficient than government; guess this means I’m a sekret commie librul muslim who hates amerika.
///

8 darthstar  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:49:07pm

re: #3 CuriousLurker

I got a B- too…oh well.

9 CuriousLurker  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:51:40pm

re: #8 darthstar

I got a B- too…oh well.

Gawd, I feel like such an underachiever now. Gonna go put on my dunce cap and sit in the corner… ;)

10 CuriousLurker  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:52:35pm

re: #7 Surabaya Stew

You did great! Kudos.

11 Surabaya Stew  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 8:56:38pm

re: #10 CuriousLurker

You did great! Kudos.

Why thank you!
:-)

12 boxhead  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 9:02:58pm

missed 4…. going to take it again… gonna ace it.. :)

13 goddamnedfrank  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 9:19:12pm

I got 100%. Some of those questions seemed kind of bullshit / meaningless though, especially at the end when the answer was essentially just a rephrasing of the question criteria.

14 Bob Dillon  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 9:30:51pm

re: #13 goddamnedfrank

Are You Smarter Than a Politician?

15 boxhead  Sun, Oct 30, 2011 9:36:30pm

re: #14 Bobibutu

Are You Smarter Than a Politician?

Depending on the politician, I’d say a fifth grader is… :(

16 Glenn Beck's Grand Unifying Theory of Obdicut  Mon, Oct 31, 2011 3:07:00am

re: #13 goddamnedfrank

I got 100%. Some of those questions seemed kind of bullshit / meaningless though, especially at the end when the answer was essentially just a rephrasing of the question criteria.

Agreed. I got 90.91 % and I think I missed some for being annoyed by them. The public good question was badly written.

And the free market/central one was oversimplified; we never choose between the two extremes.

17 ThomasLite  Mon, Oct 31, 2011 5:47:02am

81.82%.
funny thing, it seems I’m not quite up to spec on US national history. wonder why, haha.

18 CuriousLurker  Mon, Oct 31, 2011 8:16:33am

re: #14 Bobibutu

I forgot to say thanks for posting this. I enjoyed it. ;)


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