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The stereotype of the self-involved, culture-obsessed U.S. college student is wrong, according to a new study.
American college students today are actually very engaged in politics to the point that they are much more likely to know the names of their U.S. senators or congressional representatives than the names of winners of "American Idol," says political scientist Kent E. Portnoy of Tufts University.
His analysis of a national survey of 1,000 non-military men and women ages 18 to 24 included equal mixes of college students and non-college students and drew upbeat conclusions about the youngest cohort of potential voters.
Originally posted by iori_komei
Perhaps it depends on the college.
Nope...Don't think College Students Know Much About Politics
College students fail civics test
By Chrissie Thompson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
September 27, 2006
Fewer than half of college seniors tested in a study knew that the Declaration of Independence contained the phrase "all men are created equal."
Intercollegiate Studies Institute released results yesterday of a history and institutions test given last year to seniors and freshman, stating both groups failed the exam.
On average, seniors scored 1.5 percent higher than freshmen did on the test, which included questions about American history, government and international relations. The survey, administered by the University of Connecticut's Department of Public Policy, tested 14,000 randomly selected freshmen and seniors at 50 colleges and universities in the United States.
Originally posted by AlphaHumana
I don't think it necessarily signifies lower intelligence, but I agree it definitely indicates shorter attention spans.