Our misperceptions

punditWe 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%
Infant vaccinations 73% 95%
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.


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