Study: Americans Actually Know Nothing About Canada

Not statistical, still sad.

BuzzFeed’s American editorial team recently took a very easy Canadian pop quiz, in which they were asked the following questions:


1) Who’s the current Prime Minister?
2) List one other previous Prime Minister in all of Canadian history.
3) Besides Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal or Quebec City, list one other Canadian city.
4) What is a “toonie”?
5) What does a Canadian Mountie actually do?
6) Name one CFL team.

We had a hunch Americans knew very little (to absolutely nothing) about Canada.

And sure enough, based on this completely unscientific but probably pretty accurate study, it’s been officially confirmed.

Hypothesis: Americans don’t know anything about Canada. If questions were reversed, Canadians would actually be able to answer most, if not all, of them.
Results: Judge for yourself. [see below]

1. “Who’s the current Prime Minister?”

“Shit I’m a bad global citizen”

2. “List one other previous Prime Minister in all of Canadian history.”

3. “Besides Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal or Quebec City, list one other Canadian city.”

4. “What is a ‘toonie’?”

“A derogatory name for unpopular Looney Tunes characters”

5. “What does a Canadian Mountie actually do?”

(fair enough…)

6. “Name one CFL team.”

BUT — THANKFULLY — SOME PEOPLE DID KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT CANADA.

And got them all mostly right!

Here’s how it broke down (based on our sample):


# of Americans who knew the current Canadian PM: 7 out of 30
# of Americans who could name just one other Canadian PM: 3 out of 30
# of Americans who could name just one other city (that’s not Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal or Quebec City): 14 out of 30
# of Americans who knew what a toonie was: 7 out of 30
# of Americans who knew what a mountie was: 6 out of 30
# of Americans who could name a CFL team (and knew what “CFL” even was): 5 out of 30

Conclusion: Americans know very little to almost nothing about their neighbours.

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