i read recently an article citing data from a general test given to a polling-sized sample of american seniors. the test involved general information of what would seem to me to be juvenile knowledge (how many days are required for the earth to orbit the sun; approximately how far from the united states is cuba; who is the supreme court chief justice; the emancipation proclamation did what; etc). the results were very scary. does anybody know if such a test has been given and how one might get the results. having a journalism background i have conducted street interviews doing just this thing, but always ascribed the dismal results to the ‘oprah’ crowd who wanted to be interviewed on tape. any thoughts?