According to a new Marist Poll one in four Americans don't even know what country America declared its independence from. And only 58 percent of residents know that the U.S. broke off in 1776.Did you catch that? It's bad enough that 42% of all Americans do not know what year we declared our independence, but the percentage of those under 30 who do not know is LESS THAN HALF of those in middle age. Even worse, those under 30 would have been in school much more recently and less likely to have forgotten. This is a stunning indictment of America's educational system.
The survey of 1,003 adults was taken earlier this month and found that younger Americans were the least likely to know when America broke away from Great Britain. Only 31 percent of adults younger than 30 said 1776 when asked while 59 percent of residents between 30 and 44 got the question right. Americans 45 to 59 were most likely to know the year, with 75 percent getting it right. 65 percent of men got the answer right while only 52 percent of women did.
That 1776 was the year of the Declaration of Independence is a fact that was burned into my memory at such a young age that I can't ever remember NOT knowing it. The idea that seven out of every ten members of the youngest generation of American adults are ignorant of it is not only depressing, but downright scary. If these are the people voting in elections, no wonder our system of government is so thoroughly broken.