(FT) Brian Groom–The gap between public perceptions and reality makes you shudder

“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise,” said Winston Churchill. “Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

But oh dear, the public. The gap between their perceptions and reality makes you shudder, as shown by pollster Ipsos-Mori in its end-of-year review. How many lone parents do you think there are out of every 100 people in Britain? The public’s mean estimate in a poll of 1,000 people is 28. The correct answer is three.

Similarly, the public thinks that 22 per cent of people are Muslim (in reality 5 per cent); that 22 per cent are unemployed (actually 8 per cent); that 30 per cent are black or Asian (11 per cent); that 36 per cent are aged 65-plus (16 per cent); and that 34 per cent are Christian (59 per cent).

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2 comments on “(FT) Brian Groom–The gap between public perceptions and reality makes you shudder

  1. David Keller says:

    I was unable to open the full article so I don’t know what conclusin they reached; but if you get your news from the mainstream media, these are the identical conclusions you would reach. The mainstream media have succeded in altering our reality.

  2. driver8 says:

    Two Gallup polls in 2002 and 2011 suggested that Americans significantly over-estimate the proportion of the population that are gay or lesbian. http://www.gallup.com/poll/147824/Adults-Estimate-Americans-Gay-Lesbian.aspx

    Somewhere between approximately 2 and 5% of the population identify as gay or lesbian but in the Gallup polls those questioned, on average, believed 25% of adult American were gay of lesbian.