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Here’s Your Score: You correctly answered 11 out of the 11 possible questions, which means you did better on the quiz than 95% of the general public.


Find out how your score compares with other Americans who took the test in our national telephone survey:

Overall Score

How you did, question by question

Demographic breakdowns by question

Overall Score

Find out how your score compares with other Americans who took the test in our national telephone survey:

Overall Score

How you did, question by question

Demographic breakdowns by question

How You Did, Question by Question

Below you’ll find your question-by-question results and the percentage of all adults who answered each question correctly in our telephone survey.

Question Correct Answer Your Response All Adults, Percentage Correct

1. Do you happen to know if children born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. are automatically U.S. citizens, or are they not automatically U.S. citizens? Yes they are Correct 77
2. Do you happen to know who is the current military commander of American forces in Afghanistan? David Petraeus Correct 55
3. Do you happen to know if Congress passed a health care reform bill this year, or not? Yes Correct 73
4. Was the government bailout of banks and financial institutions, also known as TARP, passed and signed into law under: President George W. Bush Correct 34
5. Do you happen to know if the national unemployment rate as reported by the government is currently closer to: 10% Correct 54
6. What European country recently received a major bailout from the European Union? Greece Correct 46
7. Do you happen to know what Twitter is? An information sharing network Correct 85
8. Thinking about the major oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico… About how deep is the water where the leaking well is located? 5,000 feet Correct 51
9. Can you tell me who the Prime Minister of Great Britain is? David Cameron Correct 19
10. Do you happen to know who is the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? John Roberts Correct 28
11. The World Cup soccer tournament this year was held in what country? South Africa Correct 63

Find out how your score compares with other Americans who took the test in our national telephone survey:

Overall Score

How you did, question by question

Demographic breakdowns by question

Demographic Breakdowns by Question

Below you’ll find your question-by-question results and the percentage of each demographic group that answered the question correctly in our telephone survey.

  Gender Education Age
Your Responses Male Female High School
or less
Some
College
College
Graduate
Ages 18-29 Ages 30-49 Ages 50+

This shows how many questions you answered correctly, compared with the average number of correct answers for different demographic groups. For example, men answered an average of 6.4 questions correctly.
11 6.4 5.2 4.5 6.2 7.5 5.0 6.0 6.1

Percent answering correctly
1. Do you happen to know if children born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. are automatically U.S. citizens, or are they not automatically U.S. citizens? Correct 80 75 74 79 81 79 75 79
2. Do you happen to know who is the current military commander of American forces in Afghanistan? Correct 60 49 40 56 77 29 52 69
3. Do you happen to know if Congress passed a health care reform bill this year, or not? Correct 74 71 62 80 84 66 77 73
4. Was the government bailout of banks and financial institutions, also known as TARP, passed and signed into law under: Correct 38 29 24 40 43 29 36 34
5. Do you happen to know if the national unemployment rate as reported by the government is currently closer to: Correct 62 45 43 54 71 36 57 60
6. What European country recently received a major bailout from the European Union? Correct 55 37 23 53 75 35 46 51
7. Do you happen to know what Twitter is? Correct 84 86 73 95 95 95 91 76
8. Thinking about the major oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico… About how deep is the water where the leaking well is located? Correct 64 38 43 50 63 34 53 56
9. Can you tell me who the Prime Minister of Great Britain is? Correct 21 16 9 15 38 11 19 22
10. Do you happen to know who is the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? Correct 35 22 14 32 48 21 25 34
11. The World Cup soccer tournament this year was held in what country? Correct 71 55 49 66 81 65 69 57

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