Nearly one-third of Americans (30 percent) surveyed don’t know how the United States Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act last week; another 15 percent think the law was overturned, says the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Nineteen percent of Republicans, 13 percent of independents and 11 percent of Democrats thought the court had struck down the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional.
Age factored into knowledge of the ruling, too:
There are substantial age differences in news interest in the decision, as well as in awareness of what the court decided. Only about quarter of those younger than 30 (24%) followed news about the court’s health care decision very closely. That compares with 42% of those 30 to 49 and majorities of those 50 to 64 (56%) and 65 and older (62%).
Just 37% of those younger than 30 know that the court upheld most of the law’s provisions; majorities of older age groups know that the court upheld most provisions. Majorities of those who have attended college answered this correctly, compared with 44% of those with a high school education or less.
CNN and Fox executives can stop worrying about their missteps on Thursday, since reporting correctly apparently wouldn’t have mattered to a large number of Americans anyway. On the other hand, a recent study by Fairleigh Dickinson University showed that people who watch no news could answer more questions about international current events accurately than people who watch cable news, so one could see an argument for getting things right in the future.
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