Lots of stories recently about a a new poll that “finds atheist and agnostics know more about religion than believers do.” Some blogs have been decrying the state of Catholic eduction since what they identified as Catholics did the worst on the 32 question quiz.
Jimmy Akin wrote an excellent response to this poll basically saying that like most polls it does not necessarily prove anything and the majority of questions on the quiz do not relate to the faith of the person taking the quiz. It was more comparative religion trivia than what the person who took the quiz knows about their faith.
I took the quiz and got a perfect score and I can certainly say that if I had taken the same quiz when I was an atheist I would have been lucky to get any right except the questions on public schools. Though I was a rather arrogant atheist so firm in my disbelief that I never investigated religions at all. There were more questions about Mormons than Catholics. So I can easily see why many people would not do very well on this test. I knew the answers by reading apologetics and listening to Catholic Answers since they day they started their radio show.
As to 55% of Catholics getting Catholic teaching on the Eucharist correct it is hard to say what that means. Someone identifying themselves as Catholic does not really say much since many who have stopped practicing their faith still identify themselves as such. While I have no problems decrying the state of Catholic education, I would seriously doubt that only 55% of weekly Mass going Catholics did know this teaching. It is another story how much they believe in the Eucharist. In fact we should be amazed that after decades of felt banner apologetics and weak catechetical tools that so many believe and that Eucharistic Adoration is on the upswing.