The latest Ipsos Perils of Perception study highlights how wrong the public are about both key global issues and features of what’s happening in their own country. The survey takes in 40 countries around the world, providing a unique picture of public perceptions.
The Philippines is the 16th least accurate of 40 countries based on our “Index of Ignorance”. We got some things very wrong – and a few things right…
- Like most other countries, we over-estimate the Muslim population, evenness of wealth distribution, and health spend; and under-estimate our level of happiness as a people.
- Meanwhile, we think Filipinos are more tolerant or more liberated than they actually are, when it comes to sexuality and abortion – quite the reverse for most Western countries.
- Like most other countries, we get our population figures quite right.
Why the errors? An excerpt from what Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, London, said:
"The survey reinforces why “post-truth” is the word of the year – and not just in Britain: ‘postfaktisch’ is the (more Orwellian sounding) German word of the year.
Post-truth is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. And this is exactly the explanation for many of the patterns we see in our study.
We suffer from what social psychologists call ‘emotional innumeracy’ when estimating realities: this means we are sending a message about what’s worrying us as much as trying to get the right answers. Cause and effect run both ways, with our concern leading to our misperceptions as much as our misperceptions creating our concern. ”