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You're thinking a little too closely along the lines of "it's a study so it's true." The survey questions are extremely important in a study like this. If the questions are about things that are of greater interest to one party, this can result in a biased survey.
As it is, however, the questions are mostly generic and reflect less of political issues and facts related to those issues and more just general political trivia. For example, this question: "K6B. It took a long time to get the final results of the Iowa caucuses for Republican candidates. In the end, who was declared the winner?" is mostly of interest to Iowans, which is a largely Democratic region in the first place and Democratic Iowans would be much more likely to know this than anyone in, say, Texas, a Republican stronghold. There are a few questions in there that do test political knowledge of the issues at hand, but considering how few questions there are, the existence of any that can be considered "political trivia" or slightly biased isn't exactly promising.
Furthermore, if you look at the breakdown, you'll see that Fox News watching Republicans are, in fact, more informed than the "no news" group. It's the Democrats watching Fox News that brought down the average. There was a similar effect with Republicans watching MSNBC, but it was less than that of the other, at least in international questions. In fact, anyone not crossing idealogies scored better than "no news" in both areas.
Last edited at Sun, Feb 2nd, 2014 17:13