Top 10: Common misconceptions among Britons about Britain

July 10, 2013 § Leave a comment


Ten of the most common misconceptions among the British public have been highlighted, ranging from vastly over-estimating the teenage pregnancy rate to under-estimating the number of Christian people living in the country.

The research was conducted by Ipsos Mori for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London to highlight the difficulty facing policymakers.

Hetan Shah, executive director of the Royal Statistical Society, said the data posed ‘real challenges’.

‘First, politicians need to be better at talking about the real state of affairs of the country, rather than spinning the numbers,’ Mr Shah said.

‘Secondly, the media has to try and genuinely illuminate issues, rather than use statistics to sensationalise. And finally we need better teaching of statistical literacy in schools, so that people get more comfortable in understanding evidence.’

Bobby Duffy, managing director of Ipsos Mori’s Social Research Institute and visiting senior research fellow at King’s College London, said…

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