Map survey results showing how many American voters could correctly identify Iran

New Survey Shows Just 23% Of American Voters Could Identify Iran On A Map—And Some Pointed To The U.S.

A survey conducted by technology and media company Morning Consult and Politico in the wake of the tensions between the U.S. and Iran that took us to the brink of war found some depressing results in terms of the geographical knowledge of American voters.

Simply asked to identify Iran on a world map, only 23 percent of respondents were able to do so. Many others pointed to different countries in the Middle East, with others reaching into Africa, India, and Europe, and some bizarrely hopping across oceans to select Australia or even the USA.

Some of the dots, which represent answers, are even in the middle of oceans. It’s unclear whether these were mistakes, jokes, or people who just had absolutely no idea where Iran is.

On a more zoomed-in map that included only the Middle East and surrounding parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia, U.S. voters didn’t fare much better. Only 28 percent correctly selected Iran on this map.

Both Democrats and Republicans had a similar amount of trouble finding the right country, and both were beat out by people identifying as Independents, who got it right 31 percent of the time. For some reason, men were nearly twice as likely to get the right answer than women. People with higher levels of education and income were also more likely to find Iran, but age didn’t make much of a difference.

The survey also asked respondents how they felt about the near war with Iran finding that 47 percent supported the assassination of Qassem Soleimani while 40 percent opposed it, with votes falling on predictable party lines. Additionally, 69 percent of survey takers said the airstrike that killed Soleimani made war with Iran more likely, and half said it made the U.S. feel “less safe.”

The survey was held on January 4-5, taking place before Iran retaliated by firing missiles at a U.S. military base in Iraq.

Twitter commenters to Morning Consult Senior Data Editor Joanna Piacenza’s thread on the survey were mostly baffled by some of the answers to the map quiz.

Others were not surprised at all or suspected that a lot of trolling went on among respondents.

Trolls or not, someone is making America look bad.