U.S. Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War foe stymies Amer­i­cans

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

A new poll gaug­ing Amer­i­can knowl­edge on a ba­sic ques­tion about the nation’s his­tory – “From which coun­try did the United States win its in­de­pen­dence?” – is ei­ther good news or bad news, depend­ing on your ex­pec­ta­tions. Twenty-six per­cent of those sur­veyed did not know that the U.S. won its in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain, ac­cord­ing to the poll, con­ducted by the non­profit Marist In­sti­tute for Pub­lic Opin­ion. Six per­cent named a dif­fer­ent coun­try. Twenty per­cent said they weren’t sure. The poll­sters broke down the num­bers and found gaps in knowl­edge ac­cord­ing to re­gion: 32 per­cent of South­ern­ers weren’t sure or named the wrong coun­try; 26 per­cent of Mid­west­ern­ers were in the same cat­e­gory, as were 25 per­cent of Western­ers and 16 per­cent of North­east­ern­ers.

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