One More Reason to Learn Geography

The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene.

The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene

A survey taken at the end of March asked Americans what they thought America should do with regards to the troubles in Ukraine.  And they included a map!  However, the results were very disturbing.

About one in six (16 percent) Americans correctly located Ukraine, clicking somewhere within its borders. Most thought that Ukraine was located somewhere in Europe or Asia, but the median respondent was about 1,800 miles off — roughly the distance from Chicago to Los Angeles — locating Ukraine somewhere in an area bordered by Portugal on the west, Sudan on the south, Kazakhstan on the east, and Finland on the north.

Younger people (27%) were more likely to know the correct location, as were college graduates (21%).  The fact that over 77% of college grads can’t locate Ukraine is disturbing enough, but it gets worse.

[t]he further our respondents thought that Ukraine was from its actual location, the more they wanted the U.S. to intervene militarily. Even controlling for a series of demographic characteristics and participants’ general foreign policy attitudes, we found that the less accurate our participants were, the more they wanted the U.S. to use force [.]

So people who have no idea where the place is want to send American soldiers there, wherever it is.  Way to go, American education system.

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