Uncategorized — July 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

26% of Americans don’t know who we declared independence from on July 4th.


Really? Is one-quarter of the U.S. population this stupid?

There’s good news for American education. About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not. This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation. That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?” Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

Hell, in the South, a third of the people didn’t know that it was Great Britain.

Rich middle-aged white men from the Northeast did best.