If You Know the GOP Just Won the House, You'll Beat the Average American at This Political Quiz

new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that less than half of Americans know that Republicans won the House majority in the recent midterms. About 75% have some vague notion that Republicans beat Democrats -- they just don't know what that means.

That's in line with how Americans answered the survey in general -- they have some sense of what's going on in politics, but are fuzzy on specifics. Among the survey's other findings:

--Only about half of Americans know that the national unemployment rate is approaching 10%

--Only 38% know John Boehner is the incoming House Speaker

--A mere 39% know that the government spends more on national defense than on education or Medicare (among Republicans, it's only 28%)

On average, Americans got 5 out of 12 answers correct. You can take the quiz yourself to see how your political knowledge stacks up.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 19, 2010, 3:41am

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