Friday, April 26, 2013

Half of Americans can’t identify Syria on a map


A February poll conducted by the Pew Research Center quizzed Americans on their ability to correctly identify faces, places and images that regularly appear in the news. About 80 percent could correctly identity the Twitter logo, for example; 73 percent knew New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from his photo; 57 percent recognized the Chinese flag; and 55 percent could identify Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

But Americans did not do well when they were showed a map of the Middle East and asked to name the highlighted country. Only 50 percent correctly identified it as Syria. About one in five incorrectly said it was Turkey. Other frequent guesses were Saudi Arabia and Egypt. One in seven didn’t even venture a guess.

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