April 8, 2014
Those Americans who struggle to correctly point out even the
continent Ukraine is located on are more likely to support US military
intervention to resolve the crisis and the advancement of US national
security interests, a new survey has revealed.
A newly published poll, conducted by three Ivy League professors,
revealed that only one out of six Americans surveyed could pinpoint
where Ukraine actually is on a world map. The survey also showed a
worrying correlation in answers – the further the person thought Ukraine
is from its actual geographical location, the more likely he or she was
to support military intervention in a sovereign state.
In their study, conducted between March 28-31, Kyle Dropp of
Dartmouth College, Joshua D. Kertzer of Harvard University, and Thomas
Zeitzoff of Princeton asked 2,066 Americans where Ukraine was on a map
and how they think Washington should respond to the crisis there.
The survey was conducted to “see where Americans think Ukraine is
and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their
foreign policy views,” the authors explained in a Washington Post blog.
The results, combined in a heat map representing where respondents
thought Ukraine was, show that only 16 percent of Americans correctly
identified Ukraine on a map, with the median respondent being about
1,800 miles off. Some people thought Ukraine could be located as far
south as Argentina or Australia, or as north as Finland.