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

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.
  • Matt

    It’s a reason to go out and drink. Just like Cinco de Mayo. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Fortis

    Well, let us celebrate the day by performing random acts of kindness with others.

  • dbus85

    half those who constantly scream im Irish in boston dont even know their heritage or where there from. Please name your village or speak a word of Gaelic. Matts correct..day to get drunk…

  • Dick Mac Donald

    St. Patrick,….. Good Stuff ! Also his name was not Patrick. His name was Mayween Succat. He took the name Patricus when he was ordained a Priest in France. He is also as most know the Patron Saint of Ireland,

  • Arlene

    Don’t forget to wear green that day.

  • Rob Cleary


  • Willow

    I think that many Americans know little about many of the holidays they celebrate, not just this one. Even the news coverage usually focuses on a bar and drinking on St. Patrick’s day. Why wouldn’t people think it’s a day to drink green beer and get drunk?

  • Dave_D

    “(St. Patrick’s day) is … the most important drinking day of the year”
    – Homer Simpson

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