23% Of Americans Can Identify Iran On A World Map

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    5 months ago

It looks like about 100 people, or roughly 2% of those polled, thought Iran is in the western hemisphere. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @1    5 months ago

My mistake. 100 is 5% of 2000. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  JohnRussell @1    5 months ago

This kind of thing makes me hate our species. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Thrawn 31 @1.2    5 months ago

...when you should really be hating your educational system.

 
 
 
Snuffy
1.2.2  Snuffy  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2.1    5 months ago

Absolutely true. It's estimated that 6% of young people in the US cannot identify the United States on a map. This is an older document but I cannot believe our educational system has gotten any better over the years.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10640690/Americans-surveyed-misunderstood-misrepresented-or-ignorant.html

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Snuffy @1.2.2    5 months ago

I was quite amused by that article.  One of the reports indicated that...

"Three quarters said English was the most commonly spoken native language in the world. It is actually third, behind Mandarin Chinese and Spanish." 

Notwithstanding that, English is considered the "International Language" (much to the dismay of the French who wanted it to be their language) because it is spoken in more countries in the world than any other language.  It should be noted that airline pilots (at least those who might fly to countries foreign to their own) are required to be able to speak English.  I would assume that ground-based flight control staff would also be so required. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2  seeder  JohnRussell    5 months ago
Fewer than a quarter of registered voters were able to identify Iran on a world map in a   survey conducted by Morning Consult   over the weekend. Just 23 percent of poll respondents were able to properly pick out Iran; When presented with a smaller map, showing just the Middle East, the number rose to 28 percent.

Morning Consult’s Joanna Piacenza tweeted a map of the world showing where people think Iran is located.

Men, wealthy people, and those with more education were more likely to correctly label Iran. But it’s clear that some of the answers are not serious. No one thinks Iran is in the middle of the ocean or the middle of Kansas. Right?

Piacenza tweeted that she was inspired by a similar survey conducted in 2017 that asked Americans to   try to find North Korea on a map . Thirty-six percent were able to meet that challenge.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/01/survey-most-americans-cant-find-iran-on-a-map.html?utm_source=flipboard.com&utm_medium=social_acct&utm_campaign=feed-part
 
 
 
Split Personality
4  Split Personality    5 months ago

I recently had a coworker insist that Guyana, Suriname and French Guyane were all in Africa.

later they changed their guess to 'islands in the Caribbean'.....

and these people are registered voters ... jrSmiley_72_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
4.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Split Personality @4    5 months ago

If only we knew what happens when you die, suicide might be a pretty decent option. Skip all that bullshit. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Split Personality @4    5 months ago
and these people are registered voters ...

Tell me about it. Now that is really scary. 

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
5  Thrawn 31    5 months ago

Americans are fucking dumb, the general population definitely embarrasses me. 

 
 
 
Tacos!
6  Tacos!    5 months ago

That's honestly better than I would have guessed. I'm going to take the glass is one-quarter full approach and call this "good news."

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
6.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Tacos! @6    5 months ago

Is it crazy that I think people should be able to identify at least the 20 largest countries on a map? 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Thrawn 31 @6.1    5 months ago
Is it crazy that I think people should be able to identify at least the 20 largest countries on a map?

No.. one would think so

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
6.1.2  Thrawn 31  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6.1.1    5 months ago

Gotta love American ed! Some people actually put Iran within the US in that survey... does our species really deserve to exist beyond this planet? 

 
 
 
Tacos!
6.1.3  Tacos!  replied to  Thrawn 31 @6.1    5 months ago
Is it crazy that I think people should be able to identify at least the 20 largest countries on a map? 

Yes. Absolutely. Because I have it on good authority that size doesn't matter.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
6.1.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Tacos! @6.1.3    5 months ago
Because I have it on good authority that size doesn't matter.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but she was being sarcastic...

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
6.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Tacos! @6    5 months ago
I'm going to take the glass is one-quarter full approach and call this "good news."

LMAO!!!! Good one!

 
 
 
Split Personality
7  Split Personality    5 months ago

I played too much Risk in my "youth".

What pisses me off now is all of the African countries who had the audacity to change the names the Europeans gave them.

/s

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
7.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Split Personality @7    5 months ago

Goddamn fortress Australia. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @7    5 months ago

I wouldn't be sarcastic about that - I learned African countries' original names back in the late 1940s and now I don't recognize half the names.

 
 
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