From MTV to debates to syndicated talk shows, the 1992 campaign has been the most media-intensive in history. But all the exposure doesn't seem to have increased voters' political I.Q. very much. A survey of 600 registered voters by Michael J. Morgan of the University of Massachusetts found that 86% knew President Bush had a dog named Millie, but fewer than 15% realized both Bush and Clinton supported a death penalty. Asked whether welfare, foreign aid, or defense accounted for the biggest share of the budget, 46% chose foreign aid, 32% picked welfare, but only 23% correctly selected defense. Says Morgan: "This study paints a picture of an electorate that knows little about the candidates and even less about the issues. Most voters have absolutely no idea how their tax dollars are spent."

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