Easy question, right? Wrong.
The poll found that only 58% of residents knew that the United States declared its independence in 1776. 26% were unsure and 16% mentioned another date.
Younger Americans were the least likely to know, with only 31% of adults younger than 30 knowing that 1776 is the year that the United States broke away from Great Britain.
For Americans 30 to 44, 59% knew the year and 75% of Americans ages 45 to 59 answered correctly.
When it comes to gender, more men (65%), were more likely to respond with 1776 than were women (52%).
And, for the second year, about one in four Americans did not know from which country the United States declared its independence. While 76% correctly cite Great Britain, 19% are unsure, and 5% mention another country.
The poll was conducted by Marist Poll.