Nearly one in four Americans don’t know which country the U.S. declared its independence from, a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll revealed.
A total of 77 percent correctly identified Great Britain as the country from which American declared it independence, while 23 percent did know or identified the wrong country.
“Thirteen other counties get tabbed as the country from which the United States gained its independence,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
“A scattering of people mention France, Mexico, and Germany among the longer list of countries.
“At least one person surveyed mentioned Afghanistan, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Panama, or Russia.”
The poll also revealed three in ten Americans do not know the year in which the United States declared its independence.
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