To the best of your knowledge, have the opposition groups protesting in Egypt been successful in bringing down the regime there? According to the latest results from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll, those who learn about current events from Fox News are significantly less likely to know the correct answer to that question than those who say they avoid news shows and newspapers all together. Study Shows Fox News Viewers Less Informed on Major Stories.
[P]eople who watch Fox News, the most popular of the 24-hourcable news networks, are 18-points less likely to know that Egyptians overthrew their government than those who watch no news at all (after controlling for other news sources, partisanship, education and other demographic factors). Fox News watchers are also 6-points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government than those who watch no news… By contrast, some media sources have a positive effect on political knowledge…[T]he best informed respondents are those that watched Sunday morning news programs: leading to a 16-point increase in the likelihood of knowing what happened in Egypt and an 8-point increase in the likelihood of knowing what happened in Syria.”
Professor Dan Cassino, analyst for the PublicMind Poll, states that the results are not driven by certain groups being more likely to watch Fox News. Rather, Cassino continues, “the results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” Indeed, this is not the first poll to indicate that Fox viewers are significantly more misinformed than others in regards to both foreign and domestic current events. Fox News Contributes to Spread of Rumors About Proposed NYC; Misinformation and the 2010 Election; Misperceptions, The Media and The Iraq War.
So, what is it about Fox News that correlates to these results?