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A poll by a social research institute has revealed that fifty-three percent of Republican voters do not know that the world extends beyond America’s borders. A further seventeen percent had heard of Canada and/or Mexico, but nowhere else.
"This is disturbing," said Mark Alvey, a researcher with The Institute of American Social Sciences, who conducted the poll. "Clearly, George Bush was voted into power by a group of people who have absolutely no understanding of foreign affairs."
However, considering George Bush reportedly did not possess a passport before becoming president, the results are not surprising. "The voters clearly relate to Bush," Alvey said. "His blissful ignorance of the world beyond America makes him a regular guy that ordinary Republicans can identify with. He’s one of them."
The poll consisted of a series of questions relating to the United States and areas overseas. It also asked for personal voting preferences. Questions on America were generally answered accurately by a vast majority of those polled. However, it was the questions on the rest of the world that caused problems.
Seventy-two percent of those who admitted to voting Republican in the last federal election did not know what a globe was, compared with 23% of Democrat voters. And while 94% of Republican voters had heard of Iraq, only 12% actually knew where it was, with 75% believing it was a part of the United States.
"Most were extremely surprised to find that Iraq was actually located outside of America," Alvey said. "Even after they were shown maps of the world, many refused to believe us. One person we polled, who claimed Iraq was a county in Northern Montana, insisted that Iraq could not be foreign, because there would be no good reason for Bush to send US forces there if it had nothing to do with America. We were unable to find a good answer to that statement."
The poll also found that 95% of Republican voters had heard of Osama bin Laden, however 22% believed he was from New York, 14% said he was from California, 10% thought he was from Canada and 9% claimed that he was an alien. Only 2% knew he was a different person than Saddam Hussein.
"I don’t want to say that a large proportion of the American public are just plain stupid," Alvey said. "But I think the figures speak for themselves."

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