Most Young Americans Can’t Locate Iraq on a Map, Study Finds
Posted on May 2, 2006
Fewer than 40% could find the country on an unlabeled map of the Middle East. Only a quarter could find Iran or Israel.
Reuters via Raw Story:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most American young people can’t find Iraq on a map, even though U.S. troops have been there for more than three years, according to a new geographic literacy study released on Tuesday.
Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans aged 18-24 in a survey could place Iraq on an unlabeled map of the Middle East, a study conducted for National Geographic found. Only about one-quarter of respondents could find Iran and Israel on the same map.
Sixty-nine percent of young people picked out China on a map of Asia, but only about half could find India and Japan and only 12 percent correctly located Afghanistan.