HuffPost Summary of Pew Research study: AMERICANS ARE DEPRESSINGLY IGNORANT: PEW STUDY

HuffPost Summary of Pew Research study: AMERICANS ARE DEPRESSINGLY IGNORANT: PEW STUDY

Most Americans can’t even identify the difference between Kang and Kodos. Pew: “About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say humans and other living things have evolved over time, while 34% say humans and others have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. These views have changed little in recent years….Overall, 61% of the public say there is solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades, while 35% say there is not solid evidence that the Earth is warming…

Another key measure of political engagement is how knowledgeable people are about the current political landscape, and here again the more ideological groups score far higher. Nationwide, just 40% of Americans can correctly identify the partisan balance in both the House of Representatives and the Senate…The remaining six-in-ten know only one (33%) or neither (28%) of those facts.”

Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology By Pew Research Jun 26 2014 <http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/26/the-political-typology-beyond-red-vs-blue/> Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology Even in an increasingly Red vs. Blue nation, the public’s political attitudes and values come in many shades and hues. Partisan polarization – the vast and growing gap between Republicans and Democrats – is a defining feature of politics today. But beyond the ideological wings, which make up a minority of the public, the political landscape includes a center that is large and diverse, unified by frustration with politics and little else. As a result, both parties face formidable challenges in reaching beyond their bases to appeal to the middle of the electorate and build sustainable coalitions. The latest Pew Research Center political typology, which sorts voters into cohesive groups based on their attitudes and values, provides a field guide for this constantly changing landscape. Before reading further, take our quiz to see where you fit in the typology. [snip]

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