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74% Americans Know What the 4th of July is About, 26 Percent are Clueless
Marist Poll ^ | 7/2/2010 | Marist Poll

Posted on 07/03/2010 8:21:40 AM PDT by Dallas59



There’s good news for American education. About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not. This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation. That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?” Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Conspiracy; Education
KEYWORDS: 4thjuly; america

1 posted on 07/03/2010 8:21:43 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

2 posted on 07/03/2010 8:24:20 AM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: Dallas59

Sorry I posted before the title was fixed.


3 posted on 07/03/2010 8:24:51 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59
74% Americans Know What the 4th of July is About, 26 Percent are Clueless

Rasmussen: 26% Say Smoking Cigarettes Should Be Outlawed

Same 26%?

4 posted on 07/03/2010 8:25:43 AM PDT by speciallybland
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To: Dallas59
74% Americans Know What the 4th of July is About, 26 Percent are Clueless

Yesterday, in the coffee shop of our building, I saw a sign that said it would be closed Monday in observance of the "Fourth of July Holiday." I asked one of the women that worked there if she knew the name of that "Fourth of July Holiday." I told her it was strange how many places don't even refer to the actual name any longer: Independence Day. I told her that I hoped the second independence day would be starting this coming November with America's declaring itself independent of an interfering, rapacious, over-taxing federal government.
5 posted on 07/03/2010 8:25:50 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Dallas59

....I wonder what percentage of these people voted Obama?


6 posted on 07/03/2010 8:26:24 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: Dallas59
26% failed knowing US declared independence from GB

24% Strongly Approve OBOZO (Rasmussen 7/2/2010)

Connect the dots....(or better yet, the IDIOTS)

7 posted on 07/03/2010 8:29:41 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Dallas59

The dumber they can keep citizens the easier to become a dictatorship.


8 posted on 07/03/2010 8:31:32 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Dallas59

This is a bad poll. We didn’t win anything on July 4, 1776. We were losing the war, and the Founding Fathers put a noose around their necks on July 4, 1776. A lot more than 26% of the people don’t realize the act of bravery that signing that document meant. The simpleton’s explanation that we “won” our independence on this day is an insult to what they really did.


9 posted on 07/03/2010 8:33:05 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: himno hero
"....I wonder what percentage of these people voted Obama?"

35% of non-white are clueless and 9% of them said some other country. 44% total non-white have no idea what the 4th of July is about.

10 posted on 07/03/2010 8:33:11 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Logical me

Part of the strategery of the DNC socialist rats and why they are beholden to the NEA.


11 posted on 07/03/2010 8:33:17 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: aruanan
"I told her that I hoped the second independence day would be starting this coming November with America's declaring itself independent of an interfering, rapacious, over-taxing federal government."

Yeah there's nothing that will win votes for conservative principles like obnoxiously shoving politics and ideology in someone's face while they are trying to go about their job.

12 posted on 07/03/2010 8:34:08 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012)
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To: Dallas59

I wish the “non-white” category were broken down into specifics.

Betcha the hispanic crew thinks we broke away from Mexico.

Notice also that ignorance is more pronounced in the southern states.

As a southerner, I can post that observation w/o brickbats being thrown at me, OK??

As a southerner whose children received excellent public school educations (no teachers’ unions in my state), I can also observe that ignorance can’t truly be blamed on the educational system, which, try as it might, has a monumental job overcoming generational ignorance and complacency. Ignorant parents breed ignorant children.

There are a lot of people in this country — and most aren’t descended from the founding colonists — who just don’t care.

Flame me, but I’m right. And I’m not a racist, just a realist.


13 posted on 07/03/2010 8:34:26 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Bryanw92

The poll doesn’t appear to suggest that we “won” anything on July 4, 1776, just “declared.” It does, however, ask from which country we won independence, which was an historical eventuality looking forward from that date.


14 posted on 07/03/2010 8:37:22 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

Yep, alot of it boils down to simply not caring.


15 posted on 07/03/2010 8:37:34 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59
And how many people knew that George Washington was a British Officer for many years and a member of the Anglican Church....As British as they come.

His British mentor, Lord Fairfax, on his deathbed, and hearing of the defeat of the British exclaimed: "My God....What have I done!"

16 posted on 07/03/2010 8:41:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: himno hero

I used to work with a very intelligent woman who had recently graduated from college. Somehow the subject of the American Revolution came up and it became obvious she had no clue as to which country we rebelled against, or when. She was a bit insulted by my reaction as it never occurred to me that anyone in this country wouldn’t know that, and I was shocked by her ignorance. She explained that she simply is not interested in American history. I explained I’m not interested in astronomy but I know what the moon is. Anyway, she’s a huge leftist from the SF Bay area. I suspect most of those completely ignorant about our history are leftist radicals, if they are involved in politics at all.


17 posted on 07/03/2010 8:43:46 AM PDT by nailspitter
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To: Dallas59
That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?” Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.

The ones who said Mexico, or China, are looking towards the future. [/cynic]

18 posted on 07/03/2010 8:43:55 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: nailspitter

You are right, they know nothing of the history of all the infrastructure that they want to destroy.


19 posted on 07/03/2010 8:45:55 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: Dallas59

Well if it weren’t for the revolution we’d all be speaking russian now. ;~D


20 posted on 07/03/2010 8:48:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Dallas59

Interesting chart: Women, non whites and the young are the dumbest....same people who voted for Obama.


21 posted on 07/03/2010 8:52:57 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Jedidah

“Betcha the hispanic crew thinks we broke away from Mexico.”

Heck, they think they still own us!

“From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?” Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain”


22 posted on 07/03/2010 8:55:11 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Artemis Webb
Yeah there's nothing that will win votes for conservative principles like obnoxiously shoving politics and ideology in someone's face while they are trying to go about their job.

And there's nothing like over-extrapolation of what someone wrote (together with a presumption of omniscience, viz "obnoxiously shoving"). The person I was talking to is an immigrant from the PRC who I've known for over a year and wasn't the person who put up the sign.

Yes, better to draw attention to conservative principles by not referring to their principal object of a people being able to live in peace, unmolested by an overreaching national government and contrasting this principle with its deliberate non-fulfillment by the current group controlling Congress and the executive branch.
23 posted on 07/03/2010 8:56:11 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Jedidah

The wording of the poll continues the misperception that we “won” something on July 4. People think that it was the end of the revolution and putting those signatures on the paper was just a matter of formalizing it, like buying a car. They don’t want us to remember that those signatures were an act of High Treason against the most powerful nation on Earth, because our current government thinks a retireee at a Tea Party is a radical bomb-thrower and the lapdog media is more than happy to continue that image, while Big Education downplays the true radicalism of the Founding Fathers.


24 posted on 07/03/2010 8:56:50 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: AuntB

Check this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQ6XgXeNuY

It would be really funny if it weren’t so sad.

At least Grandpa has a brain, which contradicts my earlier comment.


25 posted on 07/03/2010 8:59:47 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQ6XgXeNuY

OMG...that is just frightening. Ignorance is leading this nation into total chaos...and the ‘professor’...who thinks we got our independence in the 1920’s!!! WOW


26 posted on 07/03/2010 9:12:24 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: AuntB

Eet’s kinda like Cinqo de Mayo, mon, except for gringos.


27 posted on 07/03/2010 9:15:22 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (A Glorious Fourth of July to all Patriotic Americans.! Take back our land and government!)
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To: Dallas59

26% have no clue...roughly the same number of people who still ‘strongly approve’ of Dr. Utopia.


28 posted on 07/03/2010 9:15:49 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Dallas59

The ones that know best what the 4th of July is about are immigrants that went through the legal immigration process.

Have you ever talked to a legal immigrant on U.S. history? The test they are given to get citizenship is really tough.


29 posted on 07/03/2010 9:41:43 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience.)
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To: nailspitter
A few years back attended a traffic school which included lunch along with a day of lessons. Had the misfortune of dining with the only person in the entire group of 30 that insisted on a vegetarian meal.

In short order we learned that she did not know the meaning of the words “gauge”, “rebar” or “Rottweiler”. She'd never heard of any of those things — but she sure was strident about being a vegetarian!

30 posted on 07/03/2010 10:20:45 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: aruanan
"there's nothing like over-extrapolation of what someone wrote"

It's not my fault that you can't describe an event in written form.

31 posted on 07/03/2010 11:06:31 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012)
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