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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2014, 01:55:34 am »
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A quick Google got me this:

2007, but only 36% could name Putin. Some other shocking numbers in there.

Yeah, here's an interesting chart from that release (again, this is from 2007):



Note that it matters how you frame it: "Who is the president of Russia?" might have a different success rate than if you ask "Who is Vladimir Putin?"

I'd imagine that the name recognition on Putin would be higher today though, since he's been around longer, and because he's been in the news so much recently.


Only 61% of people know who Barack Obama is???
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« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2014, 01:59:16 am »
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A quick Google got me this:

2007, but only 36% could name Putin. Some other shocking numbers in there.

Yeah, here's an interesting chart from that release (again, this is from 2007):



Note that it matters how you frame it: "Who is the president of Russia?" might have a different success rate than if you ask "Who is Vladimir Putin?"

I'd imagine that the name recognition on Putin would be higher today though, since he's been around longer, and because he's been in the news so much recently.


Only 61% of people know who Barack Obama is???
That chart was from 2007.
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« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2014, 01:59:36 am »
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A quick Google got me this:

2007, but only 36% could name Putin. Some other shocking numbers in there.

Yeah, here's an interesting chart from that release (again, this is from 2007):



Note that it matters how you frame it: "Who is the president of Russia?" might have a different success rate than if you ask "Who is Vladimir Putin?"

I'd imagine that the name recognition on Putin would be higher today though, since he's been around longer, and because he's been in the news so much recently.


Only 61% of people know who Barack Obama is???

I just bolded the part of my post that addresses your confusion.
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« Reply #28 on: August 22, 2014, 10:01:10 am »
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Well, Maliki probably went back on the radar of the average American, just in time for his exit.

Has anything else changed?
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« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2014, 10:33:14 am »
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Knowledge of Vladimir Putin's existence has probably increased.
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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2014, 02:35:07 pm »
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The ones that a majority of Americans could identify:

Barack Obama
Vladimir Putin
Bashar al-Assad
Kim Jong-un
Francis

Really? I very much doubt that the majority of Americans (or Europeans, for that matter) would answer the question of "What is the name of the Syrian president" correctly.
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« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2014, 02:41:14 pm »
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I doubt most know Harper or Cameron. Most would have known Blair, even Brown after so long, but Cameron hasn't really stuck out. Neither has Harper, despite being there forever. And I bet most Americans still think Fidel Castro is in charge. Or know Raul simply as "Fidel Castro's brother" instead of his actual name.

I think a lot of us overestimate the number of people that knows anything about the politics of foreign countries (an easy mistake to make if you hang around at a place like this). A 10 year old survey showed that only 6% of Americans knew the name of the Canadian PM. And even though this was when Blair was at the height of his fame (and particularly in the US), only 51% could identify the British Prime Minister. In 2000 only 22% knew about Blair - I would be surprised if Cameron's name recognition is any higher than that.
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