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Are Americans Well-Informed?

Are Americans Well-Informed, or Do They Just Think They Are?

 
National Survey of 1,000 American Adults
Conducted September 27-28, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports
  Total Gender <40> Age Race Party Married Children at Home Income Employment Investor How closely do you follow the news of the day? How do you get most of your news? What type of news are you most interested in? What type of news are you most likely to look at first? How likely are you to read a full news story? Compared to citizens of most other developed nations, Americans are: Do you consider yourself an informed citizen? Do Americans have a shorter attention span today than 25 years ago? Most Americans:
Adults Men Women < Men Men 40+ < Wom Wom 40+ 18-39 40-64 65+ White Black Other Republican Democrat Other Married Non Married Yes No Under $30K $30K-$50K $50K-$100K $100K-$200K $200K+ Not sure Gov't Entrepreneur Prvt. Co. Retired Other Yes No Very closely Somewhat closely Not very closely Not at all Not sure TV Radio Internet Newspaper Social media Family and friends Other sources Not sure National International Local Not sure U.S. politics Foreign policy Business Local news Entertainment Sports Some other news Not sure Very likely Somewhat likely Not very likely Not at all likely Not sure More informed Less informed The level of knowledge is about the same Not sure Yes No Not sure Yes No Not sure Are informed voters Vote chiefly based on their emotions Not sure
How likely are you to read a full news story? Very likely 52% 55% 49% 49% 56% 23% 54% 34% 63% 58% 55% 55% 43% 51% 49% 56% 54% 48% 52% 52% 50% 56% 46% 62% 42% 46% 39% 58% 52% 53% 54% 57% 46% 67% 45% 11% 42% 11% 48% 37% 58% 71% 0% 19% 81% 68% 56% 53% 36% 59% 57% 64% 63% 47% 22% 37% 33% 20% 100% 0% 0% 0% 0% 55% 56% 44% 39% 55% 43% 25% 55% 56% 37% 54% 55% 37%
Somewhat likely 32% 30% 34% 35% 29% 51% 31% 45% 25% 25% 29% 35% 38% 33% 35% 28% 32% 32% 34% 31% 27% 25% 41% 28% 54% 41% 47% 28% 30% 32% 30% 29% 35% 21% 40% 59% 18% 35% 32% 37% 33% 23% 71% 31% 12% 22% 31% 27% 42% 25% 30% 27% 33% 31% 53% 53% 3% 16% 0% 100% 0% 0% 0% 27% 31% 43% 27% 31% 38% 36% 31% 17% 44% 29% 31% 40%
Not very likely 11% 10% 11% 0% 12% 12% 11% 11% 10% 12% 10% 9% 12% 12% 10% 10% 9% 13% 10% 11% 9% 16% 10% 9% 5% 6% 12% 10% 10% 12% 9% 11% 10% 8% 12% 16% 3% 30% 14% 21% 5% 5% 17% 4% 6% 4% 9% 11% 16% 8% 11% 3% 3% 13% 19% 9% 40% 23% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 14% 10% 8% 10% 11% 4% 24% 10% 17% 9% 14% 10% 11%
Not at all likely 4% 3% 4% 5% 3% 10% 3% 7% 2% 3% 3% 0% 6% 2% 2% 6% 3% 4% 3% 4% 10% 2% 3% 1% 0% 1% 1% 4% 5% 2% 5% 2% 6% 1% 2% 11% 36% 18% 3% 6% 3% 0% 0% 46% 1% 0% 2% 7% 6% 4% 2% 6% 0% 4% 5% 1% 25% 32% 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 3% 3% 1% 12% 2% 13% 11% 3% 2% 6% 2% 3% 8%
Not sure 2% 2% 2% 10% 1% 3% 2% 4% 1% 2% 2% 1% 1% 1% 4% 1% 1% 4% 1% 2% 4% 1% 1% 0% 0% 6% 0% 0% 3% 1% 3% 1% 4% 2% 1% 3% 1% 6% 3% 0% 1% 1% 12% 0% 0% 6% 2% 3% 1% 5% 0% 1% 1% 5% 0% 0% 0% 8% 0% 0% 0% 0% 100% 0% 0% 3% 12% 2% 3% 5% 1% 9% 4% 1% 2% 4%
Survey Demographics
  Total
Adults
Gender Men 49%
Women 51%
  Total
Adults
Age 18-39 35%
40-64 46%
65+ 19%
  Total
Adults
Race White 65%
Black 12%
Other 23%
  Total
Adults
Party Republican 29%
Democrat 35%
Other 36%