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%.
South African Grant Recipients in the Spotlight
In the latest Pulse of the People™ study in South Africa we examined attitudes and opinions of country direction, delivery of government services and opinions of leadership among those who are receiving social grants from the government and those who are not.
2017 French Election: The Lead Narrows for the Two Front Runners (April 19)
With only 4 days until the French Presidential election, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron lead the field in the latest Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll conducted on behalf of CEVIPOF and Le Monde. The results are based on a sample of 11,601 registered voters, aged 18+, with interviews conducted online between 16 – 17 April, 2017.