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If we want to Keep America Great, maybe they should start teaching geography in American public schools.
Just 28 percent of registered voters correctly identified Iran on a small, unlabeled map of the Middle East. That’s according to a Morning Consult/Politico poll, which found 23 percent of voters could identify the country on a larger, also unlabeled, global map.
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“Eight percent of voters thought Iran was Iraq on the smaller map,” wrote Morning Consult’s Joanna Piacenza. “The polling experiment sheds light on voters’ geographical unfamiliarity with foreign countries, even those with which the United States has been engaged in sustained conflict.”
When you break it down by demographics, men fared better than women, 38 percent to 20 percent respectively. Percentages were low among Gen Z, Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. Meanwhile, Independents did better (31 percent) than Republicans (28 percent) and Democrats (27 percent).
“People are clearly not learning geography anymore,” Spencer Brown of Young America’s Foundation (YAF) told The Todd Starnes Show. “They asked people to pick on a map where Iran was, and there were dots popping up along the Mississippi River and near Dallas and in the middle of the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.”
Respondents were first given a larger, global map.
— Joanna Piacenza (@jpiacenza) January 8, 2020
Brown chalked it up to the “intersectional baloney” people have been hearing in the classroom.
“And nothing that may be a bit of useful knowledge,” he added. “Basic polls often find that people can’t name the three branches of government anymore in high school.”
The Morning Consult/Politico poll was conducted January 4-5, before Iran fired missiles at U.S. military bases in Iraq. That attack was retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
“A 47 percent plurality support the airstrike that killed Soleimani,” wrote Joanna Piacenza.
In 2017, a Morning Consult poll asked Americans to try to identify North Korea on a map. 36 percent of people did so correctly.