How much do Americans think they know about the Middle East?

December 12, 2017, 7:30 PM UTC

President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. YouGov Omnibus asked Americans, “How knowledgeable do you think you are about the situation in the Middle East?” Overall, 19% say they're very knowledgeable, 13% say they’re not knowledgeable at all, and most fall somewhere in between.

Gender was a divisive factor in opinions–twice as many men (26%) than women (13%) consider themselves very knowledgeable. Another 16% of women said they don’t consider themselves knowledgeable at all, while 9% of men said the same.

Income was also a factor separating opinions. Nearly twice as many people making at least $80k (29%) said they’re very knowledgeable as those making under $40k (15%). Three times as many (18%) of those making under $40k said they’re not knowledgeable at all as affluent respondents (6%).

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