Originally Posted by AaronJ
There was a poll not many years ago, and a huge percentage (can't remember what it was, but it was really large) couldn't find Russia -- RUSSIA! -- on a world map. Americans' lack of knowledge about the rest of the world -- heck lack of knowledge about America itself -- cannot be overestimated.
Heck, when Sarah Palin was being prepped for the debates in 2008 they had to explain to her where Germany was, that they were part of the Axis in WWII, etc. Really scary.
This is from 2006, but if anything it's most likely gotten worse:
I mean, COME ON! How can nearly half of Americans aged 18-24 not be able to find India?! I mean, ooh, if it were like Montenegro or Andorra or something, even say Serbia, I could understand. But not only is India a HUGE country, it is also very distinctive looking. And not knowing where Louisiana is? Give me a break. You have to either live in your basement 24/7 doing nothing but playing Xbox or be partially retarded.
Are you kidding? We're far dumber than not being able to find India on a map.
Aside from California, Texas, Florida and maybe New York, most Americans can't find a given state on a map and in surveys I've seen (and in a bit that Jay Leno once did), many don't know that there are 50 states.
In 2011, Newsweek gave a "Citizenship Test" to 1000 Americans and 38% failed. 29% couldn't name the Vice-President. (I pray none of these people vote.)
88% could not name one writer of the Federalist papers.
80% could not name the President during World War I (Wilson)
40% could not correctly name who we fought in WWII. (Japan, Germany and Italy)
73% could not correctly name "Communism" as our main concern during the Cold War.
81% could not name a power of the Federal Government.
43% did not know that the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights.
70% did not know that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.