Monday, November 1, 2010

Information Illiteracy?

Even though plenty of information is available, it's interesting that a recent poll revealed that "by a two-to-one margin, likely voters in the Nov. 2 midterm elections think taxes have gone up, the economy has shrunk, and the billions lent to banks as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program won’t be recovered."

I encourage you to check out Library Juice blog where I came across this Bloomberg National Poll statistic reported by the Washington Post.

The report states, for example, "Even a plurality of Democrats, 43 percent, holds this misperception. Overall, 63 percent of those who earn $25,000 to $49,999 say taxes have gone up, compared with 45 percent of those who earn $100,000 or more."

In fact, taxes have been cut by $240 billion for the middle class since 2009.

Admittedly, informing people's perceptions takes a lot more than publishing information. Information literacy has to include information-seeking and reading.  Or are the majority of those polled paying attention only to mis-informed news?

If you were in Obama's administration, what do you think it would take to overcome this very real-world challenge where facts and beliefs remain at odds?

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