Aside from showing that the majority of Americans are terrible at geography – hardly news – the NYT provided the following details explaining why the study was conducted: respondents who could correctly identify North Korea tended to view diplomatic and nonmilitary strategies more favorably than those who could not. These strategies included imposing further economic sanctions, increasing pressure on China to influence North Korea and conducting cyberattacks against military targets in North Korea.
The important bit is here, though…
They also viewed direct military engagement – in particular, sending ground troops – much less favorably than those who failed to locate North Korea, according to the NYT report.
In other words, if you’re educated enough to know where the target is, you’re also smart enough to recognize that shooting at it is a bad idea.
Oh, and the group most likely to know where it is, which by extension means the group least likely to favor military action? Republicans. Not Democrats.
And the age group that identified North Korea most correctly? The people old enough to remember the last time we stuck our nose in there.