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The Less Americans Know About Ukraine, the More They Want to Get Involved

From The Wire

Only one out of six Americans polled in a recent survey was able to correctly identify Ukraine on a map, so naturally those are same Americans who are also the most supportive of U.S. military intervention in the crisis.

The poll, conducted by political scientists Kyle Dropp, Joshua D. Kertzer and Thomas Zeitzoff, asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans to say what action they believe the U.S. should take in Ukraine and, in a separate round of questioning, to point out Ukraine on a map. The authors explain in a Washington Post blog post

In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we also asked our survey respondents to locate Ukraine on a map as part of a larger, ongoing project to study foreign policy knowledge. We wanted to see where Americans think Ukraine is and to learn if this knowledge (or lack thereof) is related to their foreign policy views.

The researchers constructed a heat map representing where respondents thought Ukraine was, and found that people who thought Ukraine was further away from where it actually is were more likely to think the U.S. should take military action in the region.