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Study Shows Fox News Viewers Are More Misinformed Then People Who Don't Watch News AT ALL

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Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted a study about Fox News viewers in New Jersey.

Jerseyans were surveyed about the uprisings in Egypt and Syria.

With education and partisanship accounted for, the study showed "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 Jerseyans who don't watch news at all.

Overall numbers include 53% knew of Egypt and 48% knew of Syria.

Poli-Sci professor Dan Cassino explained the phenomenon:

Because of the controls for partisanship, we know these results are not just driven by Republicans or other groups being more likely to watch Fox News. Rather, 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.

Reports also said that this is not the first study to conclude this way.

Last year, a University of Maryland study show Fox News viewers were more likely to believe false information about politics.

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46 comments to “Study Shows Fox News Viewers Are More Misinformed Then People Who Don't Watch News AT ALL”



  1. 1

    i think we all knew this already



  2. 2

    shocker! the sad part is the people who watch fox news will just blame it on stupid liberals and continue on living in their world of delusion



  3. 3

    Oh my god i am shocked!!!! XD XD XD



  4. 4

    duh.



  5. 5

    Speaking of uniformed… did you question how this study came about? Did they compare them to CNN viewers? Or best of all… statistics… you can make numbers say what ever you want.



  6. 6

    I don't know if you guys have ever taken a basic statistics course but this survey is BS! Education and bipartisanship accounted for? People are so ignorant. You're all so simple minded that if someone tells you something is a fact and says here's the data you actually believe it! Start thinking for yourselves people! This study was obviously conducted by liberals. Anyone can find the data they want to support their beliefs. As a statistician I would definitely be able to support the exact opposite with real data.



  7. 7

    Re: natatat20 – Their doesn't have to be a study to show what faux news does to people. It's common sense whether your a liberal or not.



  8. 8

    Sadly, 53% of FOX viewers did know the difference between "then" and "than."



  9. 9

    Gee, Perez, your bias is showing. First off, I watch Fox News and can assure you, I know more about world and national events than the average person. This study is ridiculous and I am sure conducted with bias by this obscenely left-leaning group. I know, though, that everything with you is about gay. Believe it or not, many Republicans are o'k with gay. Just sayin'



  10. 10

    natatat20: you must be one of those stupid liberals. Do you know the difference between "there" and "their?" Apparently not, you ignorant fool….



  11. 11

    Have a study done by conservatives about liberals. Im sure they would come up with the same result about liberal being uninformed



  12. 12

    Re: MissSarahJaneG – …. LoL -
    . . . . . . .
    Ummm …. That's kool .. I watch / net-search many news outlets & I have the ability 2 think 4 myself (most of the time anyways .. hehehee) …
    So, thanks on the heads-up, but I will still check 'em out ….



  13. 13

    I like FOX news A LOT.



  14. 14

    And this is news because?
    Its a no brainer that Fox is the mind killer, delivering endless propaganda and little actual factual information.



  15. 15

    Re: MissSarahJaneG – oh thats priceless! great observation sarah and nice try attempting to help ur obama worshipping, bottom feeding douchebag friends perez…



  16. 16

    mesiter: Just to make you happy, I am blaming this on the stupid liberals. Clearly, you are one of them. Live in your entitled world, my friend….



  17. 17

    First of all, who the hell ever heard of this university? Secondly, everyone knows that school teachers and professors are liberals. They push a liberal agenda.
    Lastly anyone who watches Fox knows that it is 50% lkiberals and 50% conservative. I know, I watch it. That is why it is the #1 rated cable news. If you are a liberal, quit listening to Obama bash Fox and watch it for yourself. You will see the liberal loons are alive and well on Fox. 50% are liberals. Unlike the other media channels where everyone is a liberal loon and they are not giving you the truth. You BETTER open your eyes and see what they are shoving down your throats.



  18. 18

    We did not need a survey to know that!



  19. 19

    Who cares about Syria!

    I certainly don't.



  20. 20

    You should stop going on Good Day LA since they are a Fox station.



  21. 21

    Yeah, but 100% of people who voted for Barry Obama have shit for brains. Every single dipshit here talking shit on Fox viewers is a pathetic liberal who voted in the janitor to do the CEO's job. And your pathetic high-priestess Keith Olbermann and high-priest Rachel Maddow tell you that Obama shits gold and his farts smell like apple pie. Anyone that doesn't watch Fox News clearly has a hard-on for Obama and shit for brains.



  22. 22

    Re: JennyJJJ – Hi Jenny, I never thanked you for your kind words on the Mitt Romney post yesterday. Thanks so much :) Us Americans gotta stick up for eachother. Please continue to let these dumbfuck liberals know what assholes they were/are for voting in an incompetent piece of shit to be president.
    Hey, Barry, is unemployment still at 9%? Yep, cuz you're so fucking busy smoking cigs and playing golf. Keep it up…that's all you're good for anyway.



  23. 23

    Perez - so disappointed! you forgot to mention MSNBC was also mentioned as misinformed as well. They only contacted 612 people by phone - landline and cell - AND the conclusion of the study (their conclusion) was people retain more from the sunday morning shows because "Sunday morning news shows tend to spend a lot more time on a single issue than othernews broadcasts, and they are less likely to degenerate into people shouting at eachother," said Cassino. "Viewers pick up more information from this sort of calm discussionthan from other formats. Unfortunately, these shows have a much smaller audience thanthe shouters."
    Nice spin Perez but the Spins Stops Here!



  24. 24

    Re: scooby1972
    Way to throw it down!! If you're a liberal, you watch MSNBC, if you are a conservative, you watch Fox. How smart you are depends on how much you care to learn about an issue. Perez, you are an idiot. And…invest in grammar check, dang.



  25. 25

    i think you seriously need to consider hiring someone who has the ability to edit their writing. when i read your articles, i almost always find incorrect grammar, etc. it's annoying. hire better writers.



  26. 26

    Re: Time Wasting – is it not the most annoying thing ever? using correct grammar while writing articles should be a prerequisite!



  27. 27

    The college professor has a liberal agenda with his slanted study. This kind of study is flawed in that the findings are no scientific and polluted with a left leaning outcome. Sorry but if one is going to release their findings they are going to do it in a scientific journal and not to the left leaning media. Smearing a group in this nation seems to have become an artform under the Obummer administration. Dumb fuck Perez needs to stick with celebrity shit and keep far far away from adult issues such as politics. His ignorance keeps growing by leaps and bounds with each passing day.



  28. 28

    fuck republicans all they do is destroy this country and if you complain about perez so much than get the fuck out of his page no one asked you to read this. Re: JennyJJJ – so jenny first of all shut the fuck up second of all shut the fuck up third of all shut the fuck up. I DONT FUCKING GET IT WHY DO YOU PEOPLE SIT ON THIS WEBSITE YOU THINK PEREZ CARES WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY HE GETS PAID AND YOU ALL ARE JUST FUCKING JEALOUS. YOU CAN THANK THE REPUBLICANS FOR BEING BROKE THOUGH AND I ADVICE YOU TO WATCH JOHN STEWART MAYBE YOU CAN ALL FUCKING LEARN A THING OR TO. FOX NEWS IS THE DUMBEST NETWORK OUT THERE.



  29. 29

    Re: thebigboot – Don't get hostile just because you watch Fox News and know nothing about world events.
    Re: JennyJJJ – Just keep making excuses for your beloved 100% conservative news channel. Thank goodness I no longer live in a country where there are morons like you, claiming there is a liberal conspiracy in the media. Idiot.



  30. 30

    Re: JennyJJJ – shut the hell up, all this if it not my opinion its the evil liberels, or if anything isnt great its obamas fault. open your eyes and have an opinion thats free of the "i cant think this because i think that or i can't support this because obama does" or if republicans did it its right and if democrats did it its wrong. you sound so so so ignorant, uninformed and brainwashed. you and people like you who think what they are trained to think and do not use their own minds and common sense are the downfall to todays society.



  31. 31

    all news stations and most politicians are con men/woman, serving their side of the court only, in general just full of crap. its just fox news viewers like some religous nuts think they are correct and just and that everyone else is wrong, evil or full of b.s. the only difference is fox only hires beauty queen anchors and/or anchors that are less then stellar in the brain dept



  32. 32

    Re: natatat20 – *wiping tear away* wow… someone that actually sounds like they know what they are talking about. A tip of the hat to you this morning. I couldn't have said it better.



  33. 33

    Re: Eldridge Cleaver – I … I … think I love you. Love reading your comments.



  34. 34

    Re: BearBearBear – Using all caps doesn't make you right. In fact, it just makes you look stupid. Now, put your tongue back in Perez's ass and quit pretending to be someone relevant.



  35. 35

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – Perez's mom? Stop posting mommy dearest. He's an idiot.



  36. 36

    How many of you libertards were trying to occupy a park? lol. Ever think of finding work?… Oh wait, your check is in the mail. Just keep drinking the punch. Obummer needs you.



  37. 37

    Bull shit. Lift wingers can make anything appear to their thinking with lies and a lot of people will pass it on and believe it without any thinking on their own. I can think of several explinations.



  38. 38

    Re: thebigboot – Aman!



  39. 39

    Re: Shelah – Eat shit. Read my posts and you'll see I'm no Mario lover.
    .
    "Study Shows Fox News Viewers Are More Misinformed THEN People Who Don't Watch News at all"!?!? WTF, Mario? You never learned the difference between "then" and "than"???



  40. 40

    Re: marytea – What's a "lift winger" and what does "explinations" mean?



  41. 41

    Fox News is killing all others in ratings, why?
    1. they would never hire Dan Rather (CBS former fictional story teller)
    2. they respect women political candidates (even Hillary Clinton commended them when she ran for office)
    3. they vet all candidates (something the mainstream forgot to do with Obama)
    4. if the country is divided 50/50 on politics, why does Fox News get more than 50% of the ratings?
    5. Solyndra, if Bush had lead this mess the mainstream would have headlined this story for weeks! (I had a hard time find coverage on the networks for this story)



  42. 42

    Re: jfkwashot – there* you're*



  43. 43

    funny, because when obama got elected I was a republican at a very liberal college, yet I seemed to know a WHOLE lot more about his policies than the dozens of people i talked to who were voting for him because he stood for "change." what change you ask? they had no idea.



  44. 44

    Consider the source of this study. Want to bet that professor Dan Cassino is a left wing loon?



  45. 45

    Re: lissa55 – Change from Bush, obviously. He screwed our country over for 8 years.



  46. 46

    Nope, this isn't the first study. Plenty of universities outside the US have done similar studies and basically said the same thing. Old news all the same.