12/7: The Infamous Day: Most Identify Japan as Pearl Harbor Bombers

Today we mark Pearl Harbor Day.  But, do Americans know which country bombed the United States and prompted its entry into World War II?  Most do.



Nearly nine in ten United States residents — 89% — correctly identify Japan as the nation who attacked the U.S. on December 7, 1941.  Four percent believe another nation carried out the attack, and 7% are unsure.

Men (94%), Americans earning $50,000 or more annually (93%), and those 45 years of age and older (92%), are more likely to know the assailants in that infamous attack than are women (85%), residents making less than $50,000 a year (84%), and those under 45 years old (85%).

Table: Pearl Harbor Attackers

Marist Poll Methodology