To perhaps nobody's surprise, a study released this week finds that Fox News viewers are the most misinformed of any news consumers.
The University of Maryland study, called "Misinformation and the 2010 Election," looked at "variations in misinformation by exposure to news sources," among other things, and specifically newspapers and news magazines (in print and online), network TV news broadcasts, NPR and PBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN.
The study found that daily Fox News viewers, regardless of political party, were "significantly" more likely than non-viewers to erroneously believe that:
# Most economists estimate the stimulus caused job losses (12 points more likely)
# Most economists have estimated the health care law will worsen the deficit (31 points)
# The economy is getting worse (26 points)
# Most scientists do not agree that climate change is occurring (30 points)
# The stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts (14 points)
# Their own income taxes have gone up (14 points)
# The auto bailout only occurred under Obama (13 points)
# When TARP came up for a vote most Republicans opposed it (12 points)
# And that it is not clear that Obama was born in the United States (31 points)
Here's the entire report, for those to whom facts matter (not many Fox viewers apparently).