What Day Is It Agin?


Every Fourth of July, Americans gather to celebrate the country’s declaration of independence from … um, what country was that again?

If you answered the above question with the word “England” or “Britain,” you would be obviously correct. But a new Marist poll finds that more than a quarter — 26 percent — of Americans polled couldn’t bring to mind the name of the country from whom the original 13 colonies gained independence.

Results were especially poor among the young: Of respondents aged 18 to 29, only 60 percent correctly identified Great Britain. A full one-third were unsure.


China? Maybe all this poll tells us is that six percent of people who answer surveys like to screw around with them.

That’s a possibility that Jack Stuef at the Wonkette blog is ready to consider.

Consider that a good 10% of Americans probably have Alzheimer’s. Then another 5% are just regular crazy people. And probably 11% of Americans got offended that some annoying academic called them up during dinner to ask them this single, inane question and answered “the United States won its independence from the country of My Ass.”

Let’s hope Stuef is right. Or this country is in big trouble.


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    • Edger on 07/04/2010 at 20:37

    I hope it’s Sunday, or I’m late. I slept in and missed the bus… or the boat… or something… :-/

    • TMC on 07/04/2010 at 21:10

    Even still Americans still go into the voting booth and vote against their own interests. But then, we thought we fixed that problem in 2008.

      • TMC on 07/04/2010 at 21:18

      He’d have a lot to say about the current state of affairs

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