On Ukraine, Ignorance Correlates with Support for U.S. Military Intervention

A group of political scientists has discovered an alarming correlation: the less U.S. residents know about where Ukraine is located, the more likely they are to support U.S. military intervention there.

Is Ukraine in Australia? Some people think so.

Although two-thirds of Americans claimed in another survey to be following the situation in Ukraine closely, the recent survey found that only 16 percent of respondents could accurately point out the country on a map. More disturbing is the fact that the farther off people were in their guesses, the more likely they were to support U.S. military intervention.

Sixteen percent of respondents could accurately point out Ukraine on a blank political map, but the median guess was off by about 1,800 miles. Some respondents guessed that Ukraine was located in the United States. The scientists said that the results were clear: the wronger respondents were about Ukraine’s location, the more they favored the U.S. using force there.