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The sad state of American voters
As a follow-up to Megs post regarding just how ignorant many people are regarding this election and what are their (foolish) motives for choosing their candidate, it got me thinking about a recent blog post from Ben Smith, who makes the point that its actually surprising that "only" 10 percent of Americans think Barack Obama is a Muslim, given the striking ignorance Americans show in many other areas.
So, building off his base, here are a few more statistics about Americans that is really actually pretty depressing.
10 percent think Barrack Obama is Muslim.
18 percent think the sun revolves around the Earth.
19 percent accept the presence of spells and witchcraft.
22 percent think George W. Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks before they happened.
30 percent STILL think that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
31 percent think the Bible is 100 percent accurate and can be taken literally word-for-word.
31 percent can't name the current vice president.
39 percent think that humanity is "definitely" less than 10,000 years old.
47 percent think that the earliest humans lived at the same time as the dinosaurs.
50 percent ages 18-24 can't find New York on a map.
53 percent would refuse to vote for an atheist for president, which is a higher percentage than who would refuse to vote for a black, woman, Muslim, homosexual, 72-year-old or twice-divorced candidate.
65 percent can't name whose face is on the nickel.
So when I see that 36 percent of the population didnt vote in the last election, it really doesnt strike me as something we need to remedy in any urgent manner. Ive got pretty big hunch that there is a great deal of overlap in the ignorant cohorts listed above.