Are you smarter than your elected officials?

A new study found that after giving the ISI civil literacy quiz to over 2000 people, those who held some form of office scored lower on average than those who didn't!

Bear in mind it was close, and both were poor: 44% to 49%, yet it's kind of scary to think about!
You can take the quiz yourself, and see how well you do. I got a 64%, which isn't great, but I'm apparently in the top 85% of the random sample!

I'm curious how some non-Americans will fare. Please don't be embarrassed to post your score, we won't mock you too much...

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LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
66- I'm smarter than one official, but he's gone in February!
Are you implying Bush, perhaps? ;)
Now that's just mean....  I mean, he seems like a nice guy, except for the blatant prejudice against others, and his complete and utter ignorance in a large majority of key issues.  But aren't all presidents?
I'm just making "smart alec" assumptions on what Hollywood/the media have done with his character on shows.

Are you being sarcastic?
Yes, I know. I wasn't the one who said it, though. Who do you think he's implying?
I think Bush did a some good things as well, but they are over looked by not so good things. Everybody seems to hate Bush after his term (even those hypocrites who elected him), and shows like SNL always portray him in their skits.
just 'cause I got a good score ,  don't mean I want any dam thing to do with bein' in goverment !

Which some would say makes me uniquely qualified to do a goo d job !!
Almost definitely.  The ones who want power the most, are the ones who abuse it most, once they get it.

I prefer to take directions only from those who have nothing to gain (individually) by giving those directions.
Unfortunatly ,  I think your reply applys to cops as well !  I mean ,  is there anyone who has not bumped in to one of those self important ,  self obsessed  ,  overconfident , bullys in uniform that put th' rest in a bad light
Camisado8 years ago
21.21%. Don't look at me like that, I'm Indonesian. Plus I know jack schnit about my own country's government, getting 21.21% in a test made for Americans is pretty dang impressive to me.
DJ Radio8 years ago
I'm only in Junior High, but I still got 66.67% on the quiz.  About half of this stuff was stuff that I never learned in school.
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