Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News: Study
Fox News viewers are less informed than people who don't watch any news, according to a new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The poll surveyed New Jersey residents about the uprisings in Egypt and the Middle East, and where they get their news sources. The study, which controlled for demographic factors like education and partisanship, found that "people who watch Fox News are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government" and "6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government" compared to those who watch no news.
The specific poll question was this:
To the best of your knowledge, have the opposition groups protesting in Egypt been successful in bringing down the regime there?
They asked about "the regime", not Mubarak. As I said back then, Mubarak was arguably the front man for a regime which still held power. And based on recent headlines, the notion that the regime has been overthrown is even less plausible.
But who knew?
WE INTERRUPT THIS SNEERING to segue to some gloating - in the May 2012 follow-up, the question was changed to specifically mention Hosni Mubarak.