Surprise: Americans poorly informed on social issues

6 thoughts on “Surprise: Americans poorly informed on social issues”

  1. I saw this myself, mentioned it to a PhD type friend who advised me to remember how skewed surveys are. She is right. But there’s probably some validity in the info. But, instead of wringing my hands am reminding myself it’s the state of consciousness of the world in general and we’re now a lot better than we used to be. Still a ways to go to rise above our struggle to find food, clothing, shelter, and safety. When we get those solved, more of us will feel freer to look around at the state of affairs of others.

    1. I once tried to do a readership survey for a publication and discovered just how difficult it can be to devise unbiased, non-leading questions. I don’t know how scientific this one might have been and have to hope it was far more extensive and detailed than the 9-question example they offered. Certainly we have the technology these days to be extremely well informed if we choose to be. I’m afraid, however, there’s a distressingly large segment of our population that either doesn’t care or is remaining willfully ignorant.

  2. Ugh. 2 out of 9. I got the unemployed looking for work (6%) correct, and murder is on the rise (false). Even though our prison population is increasing, murder is not. Go figure. Cha-ching! $$$

    1. Numbers like the % of immigrants in America should be more widely reported and emphasized, but that probably wouldn’t suit either side in that discussion. Whether pro or con, it helps to be talking about huge numbers. Of course, there are those who hasten to note, “but we’re ALL immigrants.”

... and that's my two cents