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Whew! We have been following presidential elections since 1960. Never in our recollection has there been so much disinformation, distortion and misrepresentation. Oh, it has been there before, but not perpetuated and enouraged and instigated by the mainstream press.
|According to polls taken in 2004, nearly 65 percent of the public is not aware that Congress passed a low banning partial-birth abortion. Seventy percent is unaware that a massive drug benefit has been added to the Medicare program. At least 58 percent say they have heard "nothing" or "not much" about the Patriot Act, notwithstanding the enormous amount of coverage the controversial law has drawn. In 1996, The Washington Post reported that 67 percent of Americans could not name their congressman, and 94 percent had no idea that William Rehnquist was the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Only 26 percent knew the length of a term of a U.S. senator, and 73 percent didn't know that the federal government spends more on Medicare than on foreign aid. In January 2000 the Gallup organization found that while 66 percent of the public could name the host of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" only six percent knew the name of the speaker of the House. In 2003, a survey found that 58 percent of Americans could not name a single federal cabinet department.|
Appalling, isn't it?
So, we prepared the BBHQ Election 2004 Quiz to spurn curiosity and clear the air about many of the muddy issues related to the presidential election. This quiz addresses important issues that the mainstream press has, for the most part, chosen to ignore.
OK, the 2004 election is now over, so you might consider the issues raised here to be irrelevant. Perhaps so; or perhaps there is something significant to be gained by looking at these issues knowing the result of the election.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a less timely, more general civics-related quiz, you might prefer to take the BBHQ Great American Civics Quiz.
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Answer as many questions as you can. Then click the "Grade me" button, and we'll tell you how you did, show you the answers, and compare your score to others.
We'll give you a chance, when you're done, to send this quiz to anyone with an e-mail address.
OK, roll up your sleeves; let's go to work:
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