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Poll: Most Americans Know Nothing About St. Patrick’s Day

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BOSTON (CBS) – What do you know about St. Patrick’s Day?

According to a recent poll, not much, if you’re like most Americans.

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A survey conducted by Harris Interactive of more than 2,000 adults found most people don’t know what they’re celebrating on March 17th.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports


Here’s what researchers found:

  • More than half don’t know that St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.
  • Only 25-percent know that he was not born in Ireland. (He was born in Britain.)
  • 34-percent falsely believe the day marks his birthday. (It’s his death.)
  • A little more than 25-percent believe St. Patrick chased all the snakes out of Ireland. (It’s not true.)
  • 18-percent of respondents believe celebrating St. Patrick’s Day represents the true spirit of Ireland.
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