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Monday, October 20, 2008

BBA Readers Twice as Smart as NPR Listeners

Eighty percent of BBA readers polled got all three questions correct in a recent political survey.

By contrast, only 44 percent of National Public Radio listeners got all three questions correct.

The questions were:

  • What party controls the U.S. House of Representatives?
  • Who is the U.S. Secretary of State?
  • Who is Great Britain’s Prime Minister?
According to our poll, 2% of respondents got either zero or one question correct; 14% got two correct, and 81% of respondents got all three questions correct.

Just how smart are we?

Just 44 percent of BBC viewers identified the prime minister correctly.
BBC viewers are, I assume, largely British. And we're more likely to know who their PM is than they are.


Of course, there are other possible explanations. For example, it was easier to cheat on this poll than it is to fraudulently vote in Milwaukee.

Also, the answer to question #3 was leaked by people who will remain nameless, except to say that her initials are tee bee and he took the poll from where he sits.