U.S. Revolutionary War foe stymies Americans
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.