. . . and have pity on those of us who are working (I haz a deadline).
According to a new Marist poll (the complete data are here), only 58% of Americans know that our independence was declared in the year 1776 (26% were unsure and 16% thought it was another year). The uncertainty is greatest among the young: only 31% of those under 30 knew the correct year, which jumped to 75% for those between 45 and 59.
As to which country we declared independence from, only 76% knew it was Great Britain (19% were unsure and 5% declared a different country [!]).