Politics & News Trivia

169+ Best Politics & News Trivia Questions & Answers

Mike Oberman

Updated: June 15th, 2023

Discover fascinating trivia about politics and news in this collection of over 160 questions. From historical events to current affairs, challenge your knowledge and impress your friends with your expertise in the world of politics and news.


Question: Which band played a tearful final show in July 2015?

Answer: Grateful Dead

Question: During the Cuban Missile Crisis, who was Soviet Premier?

Answer: Nikita Khrushchev

Question: In the 2015 British General Election, which party won?

Answer: Conservative

Question: What is Franklin D. Roosevelt's middle name?

Answer: Dwight

Question: By 2012, what percentage of US newspapers are being recycled?

Answer: 0.58

Question: Spanish newspaper Marca dubbed Beckham what in 2004?

Answer: Forrest Gump

Question: How many trees does it take to make 1 ton of newspaper?

Answer: 24

Question: A.C. Milan was once owned by which of these politicans?

Answer: Silvio Berlusconi

Question: The Dallas Morning News is published in which state?

Answer: Texas

Question: Which of the following countries is NOT a democracy?

Answer: North Korea

Question: Two freight trains collided in which state in May 2013?

Answer: Missouri

Question: Jimmy Carter beame U.S. President in which decade?

Answer: 1970s

Question: Prime Minister's are free to use Chequers, what is it?

Answer: Country Retreat

Question: Which hacking group declared war on ISIS in November 2015?

Answer: Anonymous

Question: Which of these newspapers only comes out on a Sunday?

Answer: News of the World

Question: The French presidential election was won by who in 2012?

Answer: Francois Hollande

Question: Which product was given UNESCO world Heritage status in 2015?

Answer: Champagne

Question: Which country was involved in a civil war in 2013?

Answer: Syria

Question: Which country was hit by Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013?

Answer: Philippines

Question: Which famous US news broadcaster died in July, 2009?

Answer: Walter Cronkite

Question: Which U.S. state was struck by a tornado in May 2013?

Answer: Oklahoma

Question: The Canadian Head of State is who?

Answer: The Queen of England

Question: Which country was Juan Peron the President of?

Answer: Argentina

Question: Which BBC show did John Barnes appear on in 2011?

Answer: Russell Howard's Good News

Question: Who succeeded North Korea's Kim Jong-il in 2011?

Answer: His son

Question: Who was the first female prime minister of Australia?

Answer: Julia Gillard

Question: USA Today, launched in 1982, is which kind of publication?

Answer: News

Question: News Corp. has which ticker symbol?

Answer: NWS

Question: Who did Vladimir Putin work for before becoming a politician?

Answer: KGB

Question: The Irish political party Sinn Fein was founded by who?

Answer: Arthur Griffith

Question: Which U.S. President served first?

Answer: Thomas Jefferson

Question: What will you find on the 'Reddit' website?

Answer: Social News

Question: What is the first name of the wife of Jeb Bush?

Answer: Columba

Question: Telegraph.co.uk is what kind of website?

Answer: News

Question: In what job would you need an autocue?

Answer: Newsreader

Question: Which country did News Corp originate from?

Answer: USA

Question: In 2000, who became President of Syria?

Answer: Bashar Al-Assad

Question: In what year was Al Jazeera launched?

Answer: 1996

Question: Which country declared a state of Emergency in June 2015?

Answer: Tunisia

Question: What is Baltimore's main newspaper called?

Answer: The Sun

Question: The first Prime Minister of Great Britain was who?

Answer: Robert Walpole

Question: NWS is the ticker symbol for which company?

Answer: News Corp.

Question: Which country held a November 2015 referendum on a new flag?

Answer: New Zealand

Question: Which of these brands is not a magazine brand?

Answer: The Global Review

Question: What are you most likely to do on CNN.com?

Answer: Check News

Question: The Australian Head of State is who?

Answer: Queen of England

Question: Which of this selection of US newspapers circulates the most?

Answer: USA Today

Question: Which of these is a national daily newspaper in the UK?

Answer: The Independent

Question: Which daily newspaper was thirty years old in 2000?

Answer: Sun

Question: Bill Clinton became U.S. President in which decade?

Answer: 1980s

Question: Who became the all time NFL leading passer in November 2015?

Answer: Peyton Manning

Question: In which country is Gerry Adams a leading politican?

Answer: Northern Ireland

Question: Which nation was Cuba once a colony of?

Answer: Spain

Question: Who was the North Korean leader who died in 2011?

Answer: Kim Jong-il

Question: Bill Clinton was how old when he became U.S. President?

Answer: 46

Question: Which country had a government shutdown in October 2013?

Answer: USA

Question: What nationality is the wife of Jeb Bush?

Answer: Mexican

Question: Perez Hilton's website features what?

Answer: Celebrity News

Question: Who designed the Embryo Chair?

Answer: Marc Newson

Question: What is the predominant color in the logo for News Corp?

Answer: Black

Question: In what year was News Corp launched?

Answer: 2013

Question: Donald Trump deleted a tweet about whose wife in July 2015?

Answer: Jeb Bush


Question: Starting with the earliest, put these US newspapers in the order they were founded.

Answer: The New York Times

Question: Shortly after the 2010 UK general election, which British Prime Minister resigned?

Answer: Gordon Brown

Question: L'Equipe is a French daily newspaper covering mainly which subject?

Answer: Sport

Question: The buck stops here' is a phrase associated with which U.S. President?

Answer: Harry S. Truman

Question: Which country was placed under a state of emergency for 3 months in November 2015?

Answer: France

Question: Vladimir Putin was succeeded by who as Russian President in 2008?

Answer: Dmitry Medvedev

Question: In 1848 the London Daily News carried the world's first what?

Answer: Weather Forecast

Question: Which sports brand were amongst companies to ditch Donald Trump in July 2015?

Answer: NASCAR

Question: Where did Morgan Tsvangirai become the Prime Minister of in 2009?

Answer: Zimbabwe

Question: These inventions are separated by about a century each. Rank them chronologically.

Answer: Newspaper

Question: In what year was the Magna Carta, the foundation of English libery, signed?

Answer: 1215

Question: In the 2008 U.S. Democratic primary race who did Barack Obama defeat?

Answer: Hillary Clinton

Question: In which city did an abandoned building collapse in June 2013?

Answer: Philadelphia

Question: In which European country is Il Mondo one of the main national daily newspapers?

Answer: Italy

Question: Who ran against John McCain in the 2008 presidential election?

Answer: Sarah Palin

Question: The renowned 'Blood and Iron' speech was given by which politician?

Answer: Otto von Bismarck

Question: The first drug was released in October 2015 that slowed the decline of…?

Answer: MS

Question: If you were reading the newspaper 'Le Figaro' in which country would you be?

Answer: France

Question: When Barack Obama became U.S. President in 2009 how old was he?

Answer: 47

Question: Who ran against Barack Obama's in both the 2008 & 2012 U.S. presidential elections?

Answer: Joe Biden

Question: Kermit, the famous explorer, was the son of which American president?

Answer: Theodore Roosevelt

Question: Barack Obama defeated who in the 2012 U.S. presidential election?

Answer: Mitt Romney

Question: Who ran against Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election?

Answer: Paul Ryan

Question: What song did Barack Obama sing at a eulogy for Clementina Pinckney?

Answer: Amazing Grace

Question: With which newspaper is the cartoonist 'Giles' chiefly associated?

Answer: Sunday Express

Question: Handmade is the name of the new handicraft store launched by whom in October 2015?

Answer: Amazon

Question: Who said in 2013 'who am I to judge?' when talking about gay priests?

Answer: Pope Francis

Question: Barack Obama was defeated by who in the 2008 U.S. presidential election?

Answer: John McCain

Question: Which nation claimed Russian Caspian missiles fell there in October 2015?

Answer: Iran

Question: Dimitry Medvedev was succeeded by who as Russian President in 2012?

Answer: Vladimir Putin

Question: The 'Rivers of Blood' speech was delivered by which politician?

Answer: Enoch Powell

Question: Which country launched nuclear tests and threats of war in 2013?

Answer: North Korea

Question: In the 2012 presidential election, which French President was defeated?

Answer: Nicolas Sarkozy

Question: In which state was there an explosion at a fertilizer plant in April 2013?

Answer: Texas

Question: As of 2010, what is the largest business newspaper in the US by circulation?

Answer: Wall Street Journal

Question: Which country entered recession for a third time in November 2015?

Answer: Japan

Question: The first British Prime Minister is generally regarded as who?

Answer: Robert Walpole

Question: Which country is Silvio Berlusconi the former Prime Minister of?

Answer: Italy

Question: Which US tabloid newspaper gave the world the infamous 'Bat Boy'?

Answer: Weekly World News

Question: UKIP, a new political party causing waves in England in 2014 is lead by who?

Answer: Nigel Farage

Question: Before becoming a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent', what was Piers Morgan's job?

Answer: Newspaper editor

Question: What was the name of Twitters news service launched in October 2015?

Answer: Moments

Question: Which nation rejected an asylum plea from Julian Assange in July 2015?

Answer: France

Question: Which Swiss site, a rival to Reddit, admitted to financial problems in July 2015?

Answer: Voat

Question: Who was the first woman to read the 'Nine O'clock News' on BBC TV?

Answer: Angela Rippon

Question: In which country was the Westgate shopping mall attack in September 2013?

Answer: Kenya

Question: In what category did 'Al Jazeera English' first win an Asian Television Award?

Answer: Best News Report

Question: The youngest U.S. Vice President of the 20th century was who?

Answer: Richard Nixon

Question: What does the first letter B stand for in the abbreviation BBC?

Answer: British

Question: In 2011, which nation became the newest member of the United Nations?

Answer: South Sudan

Question: The book publisher HarperCollins is owned by which media group?

Answer: News Corp

Question: Which U.S. state did Arnold Schwarzenegger govern for two terms?

Answer: California

Question: Carlos Acosta embarked on a world tour in 2015 in which field?

Answer: Ballet

Question: Complete that tile of a 2015 film starring Tom Cruise 'Bridge of ___'?

Answer: Spies

Question: Which country's political system is the political system of Canada based on?

Answer: United Kingdom

Question: In 2010, the Labour Party in Britain elected who as their leader?

Answer: Ed Miliband

Question: What appeared on page one of The Times on 3 May 1966 for the first time?

Answer: News

Question: What newspaper caught Sarah Ferguson on camera trying to sell access to Prince Andrew

Answer: News of the World

Question: Which of these major networks dumped Donald Trump for its coverage in July 2015?

Answer: ESPN

Question: Immediately prior to becoming Prime Minister, which Cabinet post did John Major hold?

Answer: Chancellor

Question: F. W. de Klerk became president of which of these countries in 1989?

Answer: South Africa

Question: Which comedian replaced Simon Hoggart as the chairman of Radio 4's News Quiz in 2006?

Answer: Sandi Toksvig

Question: Karl Marx was a European correspondent for which US newspaper?

Answer: New York Tribune

Question: Jack Dorsey was appointed permanent CEO of which company in October 2015?

Answer: Twitter

Question: Which Conservative party leader did not become Prime Minister?

Answer: William Hague


Question: The New York State Department fined which bank for its conduct on foreign exchange in November 2015?

Answer: Barclays

Question: In which section of the newspaper are you most likely to read stories about Chris Couch?

Answer: Sport

Question: Who was Bill Clinton's vice-president?

Answer: Al Gore

Question: Who was elected leader of the UK in 2010?

Answer: David Cameron

Question: Which of these people is NOT somebody you're likely to read about in the overseas section of the newspaper?

Answer: Richard Madeley

Question: What is the surname of the former U.S. Presidential candidate who has the first name Mitt ...

Answer: … Romney

Question: After the 2010 United Kingdom general election, which two parties formed a coalition government?

Answer: Conservatives & Liberal Democrats

Question: Melissa Theuriau had fan videos posted of her on YouTube and was then voted 'TV's Sexiest News Anchor' in which magazine?

Answer: Maxim

Question: Who said in 2013 'when you are subverting the power of government, that's a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy'?

Answer: Edward Snowden

Question: Which of these noteworthy people are you most likely to read about in the sport section of the newspaper?

Answer: Brian Bateman

Question: In the German parliamentary election in 2013, who won a third straight election victory?

Answer: Angela Merkel

Question: The quote 'I want every girl, every child, to be educated' was said in 2013 by a native of which country?

Answer: Pakistan

Question: The US signed a groundbreaking environmental accord with which nation in November 2015?

Answer: Cuba

Question: Which of these men was a political theorist?

Answer: Edmund Burke

Question: How much was the jackpot worth, when The Mirror newspaper offered it's first bingo game on the 21st of September 1981?

Answer: 30000

Question: If you run a shop specializing in magazines, newspapers and other general items, what is your job?

Answer: Newsagent

Question: Peter Robinson announced in November 2015 he would step down as First Minister of where?

Answer: Northern Ireland

Question: In what year did 'Al Jazeera English' first win a Concentra (Belgium): Breaking News Award?

Answer: 2008

Question: In what year did the Banana Wars start?

Answer: 1898

Question: The online version of a newspaper published on which day is the 15th most popular site in Oz?

Answer: Sunday

Question: In 2002 which Spanish newspaper run a poll of Real Madrid legends that placed Michael Laudrup in 15th place?

Answer: Marca

Question: Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born in which city?

Answer: Glasgow

Question: In which year did the British Government scrap the shilling (s) and pence (d) coins and divide the pound into units of ten, including half, one, two, five, ten and 50 pence denominations?

Answer: 1971

Question: Which Canadian city was flooded in July 2013?

Answer: Toronto

Question: Which show did the Canadian-American journalist Peter Jennings anchor between 1983 and 2005?

Answer: ABC's World News

Question: Since 2009, which group of political activists have been attempting to influence U.S. politics?

Answer: Tea Party

Question: Which former President claimed in 2015 that there was 'no hope' for middle east peace?

Answer: Carter

Question: In October 2013 the U.S. government went into 'shutdown' because of which piece of Barack Obama's legislation?

Answer: Healthcare

Question: When was the Al Jazeera Media Netowrk founded?

Answer: 1996

Question: Hillary Clinton was replaced as U.S. Secretary of State by who when she retired in 2013?

Answer: John Kerry

Question: Which U.S. state was Barack Obama the senator for before he ran for the presidency in 2008?

Answer: Illinois

Question: When John Major became British Prime Minister in November 1990, who was U.S. President?

Answer: George H. W. Bush

Question: Spanish newspaper Marca voted Zinedine Zidane's goal against which side as the best goal ever?

Answer: Bayer Leverkusen

Question: Todd Harrell was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in April 2013, which band is he a member of?

Answer: 3 Doors Down

Question: A popular video on YouTube is of a Fox News reporter falling over, by what name is she infamously known as?

Answer: Grape Lady

Question: In the news in November 2015, Sapo is the criminal investigation unit for which country?

Answer: Sweden

Question: The President of where said 'we have not said that we possess chemical weapons, nor have we said that we do not possess them'?

Answer: Syria

Question: Which of these is a real book release from 2015, the latest in a long running series?

Answer: The Girl in the Spiders Web

Question: Which nation caused controversy by launching their first air strike on Syria in October 2015?

Answer: Russia

Question: TV crews and news channels display live 24/7 feeds of what during the election of a new Pope?

Answer: Vatican Chimney

Question: In a 2002 poll by Spanish newspaper 'Marca' Michael Laudrup was voted in what position in an all time list of Real Madrid legends?

Answer: 15th

Question: The Prime Minister of which country said 'I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles'?

Answer: Israel