We Americans don’t know as much as we think we do. For example, only 59% of us guess that the most Americans killed by others are killed with firearms. Here is more data from the IPSOS study of misperceptions in various countries. This data if for the United States:
|Question||Average guess||Actual Fact|
|Use of renewable energy||26%||9%|
|How many are immigrants||29%||15%|
|How many are Muslims||14%||1%|
Our ignorance may explain why we find it so hard to agree on what is fact. The IPSOS site has a quiz for those who might like to test their knowledge.