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September 14, 2016 10:03 am

Survey: Less Than Third of American Millennials Able to Identify Israel on Map

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Part of the results from the CFR and National Geographic survey on global literacy of college-age students. Photo: Survey.

Part of the results from the CFR and National Geographic survey on global literacy of college-age students. Photo: Survey.

Less than one-third of US-educated millennials are able to identify Israel on a map, a new survey has found.

According to the joint study — titled “What College-Aged Students Know About the World: A Survey on Global Literacy” — conducted by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and National Geographic, a mere 31 percent of respondents knew the location of Israel on a map of the Middle East.

Close to 50% were able to locate Iraq and Iran on a map, with 61% able to identify Saudi Arabia.

A small number of respondents — 29% — were able to identify Indonesia and its distinction as the country with the largest majority Muslim population in the world.

CFR and National Geographic concluded that the survey “revealed significant gaps between what young people understand about today’s world and what they need to know to successfully navigate and compete in it.”

The average score of respondents “was only 55% correct,” the report said. “Just 29% of respondents earned a minimal pass — 66% correct or better. Just over one percent…earned an A, 91% or higher.”

Despite the bleak results of the survey, CFR and National Geographic wrote, the “good news is that [it] also reflects an opportunity” to capitalize on the interest of young Americans regarding world affairs and educate them on important global issues.

The survey was conducted online and is based on responses of 1,203 participants aged 18 to 26 who currently attend or have recently attended a two or four-year college or university in the US.

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