According to a research, the public opinion of the British population often diverge from the known facts especially on essential social issues which involves matters on crime, fraud on benefits and immigration laws.

The latest survey made for the Royal Statistical Society and King’s College London concluded that the British public opinion often swerves away from the norm of social issues.  The research which was lead by Ipsos Mori was made through a telephone survey comprising 1,015 people who were between the ages of 16-75.  The study listed ten misconception made by the British people.  The biggest among all the misconceptions includes matters regarding benefit fraud, immigration, crime and teen pregnancy.

The British public thought that that £24 of every £100 of their benefits was fraudulently claimed.  Another mistake was regarding immigration.  British citizens thought that 31 per cent of the their entire population is made up of  immigrants but actual figures average only to 13 per cent and 15 per cent if we include illegal immigrants to the rooster.  With regards to ethnicity, the citizens guessed that black and Asian people consist the 30 per cent of the population but records only report to around 11 per cent.  On the issue of crime, approximately 58 per cent of the public do not believe that crime is decreasing.  However, the Crime Survey for England and Wales refute this and claimed that the crime incidents on the British areas were 19 per cent lower in 2012 as compared to the years from 2006 to 2007.  Misconception on teen pregnancy is also alarming since most people thought that 15 per cent of girls aged 16 and under are perceived to be pregnant per year when in fact actual records reveal that is more or less 0.6 per cent.

The abovementioned statistical figures only prove that our perception on issues are not always right thus we should be mindful on what we conceive.


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