I subscribe to the Rasmussen Reports web site, as I’m interested in following the polls in this election year. Rasmussen runs many surveys that are about the US, the nation’s views on many topics, including some which prompt me to scratch my head at the response.
Yesterday’s headline from Rasmussen –
74% Know July Fourth Celebrates Adoption of the Declaration of Independence
Huh? One in four adults don’t know why we barbeque today? I asked Jane2.0 (my daughter, 13) “What do we celebrate today?” She replied “It’s Independence Day.” Ok. “What happened today, exactly?” “They signed the Declaration of Independence.” Whew. No flies on her. To be fair, the exact wording of the poll question was “Does the 4th of July celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence or the ratification of the U.S. Constitution?”
The constitution is important, but the Declaration of Independence is huge. I love this image. And I’m sorry it’s on a bill that’s not widely circulated. Years ago, I asked my bank to order me a bunch and they said they come 1000 at a time. They agreed to order a 1000 if I took 500. I’ve been spending them here and there ever since.
Since, by the laws of adverse selection, my readership isn’t random, I’ll assume that any US, Canadian, or Mexican readers already know what today is, and for the rest of the world, if you didn’t know, now you do.
Happy July 4th!