Take a guess

I stumbled over this interesting article in the Guardian.Guardian Article

Essentially researchers asked over 25,000 people in 40 countries to give them an answer to questions like “What percentage of your countries population are Muslim?”

The disparity between reality and perception is incredible.

Here’s one of the charts from the Perils of Perception 2016 research –


Source- https://www.ipsos-mori.com/Assets/Docs/Polls/ipsos-mori-perils-of-perception-charts-2016.pdf

Actually pleased, and a bit surprised actually if I’m honest, to see GB came 39th out of 40 as being the nearly most accurate terms of the estimates people gave.

One of the real saddest things is this graph – we all think we are much more miserable than we are – or we think others are more miserable than they really are.



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Music and guitar obsessive who is a recovering alcoholic to boot
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5 Responses to Take a guess

  1. mercyjm says:

    I tried the questions, and did so badly it was embarrassing. I underestimated the Muslim population, and overestimated the miserableness. It was quite an eye-opener, even for those tempted to second-guess the answers.

  2. Very interesting.
    I wonder how big of a role the media factors into our perceptions.
    Here in the US, you’d think we were 90% muslim based on the election news.
    Then all we hear is about how mad and unhappy we are.
    Which just isn’t the truth!

  3. looby says:

    I bet they didn’t poll for the second question in Yorkshire 🙂 No pleasing that lot!

  4. Liz Hinds says:

    I don’t really understand those graphs … but I am very happy!

    Hope your Christmas was good and very best wishes for 2017! x

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