Tuesday, April 08, 2014

This is a frightening map! Answers to the question "Where is Ukriane?"

The Washington Post published an article describing a survey of more than 2000 people on what we should do with respect to the Russian takeover of Crimea and the threat to Ukraine. As part of the survey, people were asked to locate Ukraine on a world map. The points shown on the map above show their responses. Clearly most were guessing, and only 16 percent got the location right.

I think it is frightening that some Americans think Ukraine is in Australia, some in Africa, some in South America, and some in the United States.

What is really frightening is that the worse the guess on location, the more likely the respondent was to think the United States should respond militarily. Thus a large part of the U.S. population apparently has no idea even where Ukraine is, but would commit U.S. forces to its defense. Ignorance is not a good basis for foreign policy decisions!

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