Ipsos has conducted a number of major studies in recent years exploring how accurate people are in estimating a range of key social realities. And our latest international survey across 33 countries shows just how wrong we often are.
In Britain the public thinks that the top 1% wealthiest households own 59% of the country’s wealth, when they actually “only” own 23%. Americans think that 33% of their population are immigrants, when in fact it’s less than half that, at 14%.
Brazilians think the average age in their country is 56, when it’s only 31. Russians think that 31% of their politicians are women, when in fact it’s only 14%.
The British think an extraordinary 43% of young adults aged 25-34 still live at home with their parents, when it’s actually only 14%. In India, the online population think that 60% of the whole country also has internet access, when in fact only 19% do.
Israelis think that only 39% of working age women in their country are in employment, when actually 68% are. Saudis think that only 28% of their population is overweight or obese, when in fact it’s a very worrying 71%.
2017 French Elections: Le Pen, Macron and Fillon take to the podium (March 28)
Ipsos / Sopra Steria review the state of mind of the French people, 4 weeks before the presidential election, for France Télévisions and Radio France. If the 1st round took place next Sunday, Marine Le Pen would be in the lead (25% of the voting intentions on the base of the people who said to be certain to go vote), together with Emmanuel Macron (24%), ahead of François Fillon (18%).
60 Years of ‘Europe’ – a Success Story?
Global study shows many around the world see merits of European project, but support under pressure in core Member States. 60 years ago, on 25 March 1957, Belgium, France, West-Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Rome, establishing the European Economic Community, the legal basis of today’s European Union (EU).
2017 US Politics - President Trump is at in a Dead Heat With 47% Approving (March 22)
Healthcare once again beats out all other issues as the dominant concern for Americans (16%). Number two on the issues of concern list is the economy, coming in at 13%. For anyone who had “morality” in their bracket, we’re sorry to say that you’re probably not going to be pleased with the final four.