My mother is not great at world geography or world current affairs. She could probably point out France, Egypt and China on a map but I doubt she would be struggling to find Iran, Fiji or Venezuela. I very much doubt she reads anything on the Herald Sun's world news page. I think she may have crossed the Murray River once, but only just across. Her sole plane trip was from Mildura to Melbourne and she had to have oxygen during the one hour flight. Her geography learning would have stopped as soon as she left school.
Americans are well known for not being very up to speed in knowing about the rest of the world. While they seem to excel in some areas of education, such as speaking and eloquency, there is clearly an educational deficit in the area of world knowledge.
I am fairly confident that you could go to the most socio, educational and economically deprived suburb in Australia and do a darn sight better than these people in the clip do answering the questions.
There are just some things in this clip that I cannot understand how the interviewees could not know, but clearly they don't.
While I am not going to win any friends in the US by posting this, note in the opening piece, 'asking US locals about the very world they run'. Not quite true, but it is the most influential and powerful country in the world.
PS I am getting a sense of deja vu here. Have I done this same post once before?