Comments on: How Americans fare on the ignorance index http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:11:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: alowl http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-362 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:06:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-362 Perception is 9/10ths of the law!

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By: Gneiss http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-359 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:21:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-359 Actually, a great deal of the blame for the American lack of “common” knowledge is the news media. It spits facts and figures that could have only emerged from the dark orifices of political hacks and Issue driven activists hoping to skew the demographics of a given situation to their favor. Some would have us believe we are drowning in illegals, about to die massive deaths from Ebola, HIV, Polio (just pick something you’ve read about in the news). Their sincere faces of trust jar the nerves and dull any desire to care. Which might be their point. But are the facts we are fed solid? No. Sadly, the reporters don’t seem to do much more than carefully repeat what they read. No fact finding, no confirmation of the data received. Which of course leads us all down the merry path of Ignorance. Sometimes I have to wonder if something is being put in the water.

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By: SixthRomeo http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-358 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:17:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-358 Well, we know the illiterate segment of the USA gets the misinformation from FOX News. Does Italy have a version of Fox News? If so, then we know why these statistics hold.

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By: eoc61 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-356 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:03:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-356 In regard to U.S. teen girls giving birth vs. those are pregnant you need to add abortion to the list. It should be obvious the amount of teen girls giving birth is going to be much less than those who become pregnant.

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By: grassroot http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-355 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:33:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-355 And this all explains how the far Left in this admistration
got, ” elected”, and twice.

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By: QuietThinker http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-353 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 20:29:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-353 The political propagandists are really, really successful at fear mongering as shown by the results of this poll. I note in the small print that the poll cut off at 64. The results would have been even more bizarre if the those 65 and up had been included.

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By: EyeForget http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-351 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:50:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-351 Amazing. Our school system spends more money on security, busing and athletics and we’re ignorant. I don’t understand.

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By: carnivalchaos http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-348 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 23:06:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-348 Americans are woefully ignorant. We seem to like it that way, and so do those who now run our country, the wealthy plutocrats. Much of it can be blamed on FOX News, a rightwing propaganda broadcast that sells itself as a news source. For example, Obama faked his birth certificate; Obama had “In God We Trust” removed from some of our money; Obama traveled around the world apologizing for America; Obama is a socialist; Obama is a Muslim; Obama is to blame for the government’s poor response to Katrina; Obama might be the anti-Christ. US survey results would probably be even lower if the questions had to do with politics. This is why it’s so easy for politicians who have no business serving in our government to get elected to those positions. They just tell us what we want to hear and make up lies about their opponents. And we’re so easily impressed. Conservatives will vote for someone just because they like guns. Only in America.

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By: jmmx http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-347 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 19:26:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-347 “and underestimate the number of Christians, 56 percent to 78 percent”

Actually – this may be different for some. There are many fundamentalist “Christians” who do not consider other christian religions (Catholics in particular) to be truly Christian. Therefore – they believe that “true Christians” comprise 56% – the “majority of real Americans” But they are wrong here as well as I do not believe the fundamentalists have that large a proportion.

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By: raymonderb http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/2014/10/30/how-americans-fare-on-the-index-of-ignorance/comment-page-1/#comment-346 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 17:07:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/data-dive/?p=1858#comment-346 Wow. Maybe the problem is not the answers, but the questions.
For example, “what percentage of girls aged between 15 and 19 give birth each year” must be WAAAY below 3%. I in fact have never a met girl that gives birth every year.

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