Is America an Illiterate Population? Most don’t know what GOP won

Poll: Most don’t know what GOP won By: Meredith Shiner,

Fewer than half of all Americans know that Republicans will have a majority in the House next year, but not the Senate, according to a new poll.


Only 46 percent of respondents in a Pew Research poll released Thursday knew that the GOP had taken over only the House, while a mere 38 percent can identify Ohio Republican John Boehner as the incoming speaker. Three times as many young people, aged under 30, could properly identify Google’s new phone software, Android, as could identify Boehner.


Additionally, 27 percent of Americans do not know if the Republicans won either chamber of Congress while five percent believe the Democrats kept both chambers. Fourteen percent said the Republicans won both chambers.


Most respondents said Republicans generically did better than Democrats this cycle. Seventy-five percent of all respondents regarded the GOP as “doing the best” in the 2010 elections.


The Pew poll was conducted from Nov. 11-14, surveying 1,001 Americans.