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Public ignorance of the developed world electorate.

Public ignorance of the developed world electorate.

It is possible to overstate the amount of knowledge that it takes to develop an economy. Not all people in the wealthy countries are very well informed. Here are some examples.

From Tate Survey, California 2003

Participants who:

17% Agreed that the government was manipulated by non-human forces
27 Agreed that the government were hiding fundamental truths about humanity
11 Believed that they had personally met an extraterrestrial
36 Agree that scientists were consciously acting to turn people away from religion
46 Agree that astrology plays a major role in their decision-taking
38 Believe that good or bad luck is more than chance/ is a coherent force
51 Believe that the dead can communicate with the living
From Research! America 1999

Levels of understanding of science:

‹5% have basic technical understanding of the term 'energy'
10 understand the term 'molecule'
20 understand the term 'DNA'
‹50 understand that an electron is very small as compared to an atom
‹50 understand that the Earth orbits the Sun yearly
50 understand that dinosaurs existed and became extinct before humans arose
60 humanities students class science as 'irrelevant' to their lives
From UK Student Survey 2004

Participants who:

33% Did not know that milk came from cows.
18 Thought that tap water came from special wells
41 Agreed that eating "organic" food made you thinner
54 Could not name one ingredient of bread
18 Could not name the ruling political party
74 Could name five cabinet ministers
67 Could name four cabinet ministers
44 Could name three cabinet ministers
32 Could name two cabinet ministers
27 Thought that a cabinet minister was automatically in the House of Lords
31 Thought that civil servants were members of Parliament
26 Thought that votes placed in Scotland influenced who won English seats in Parliament
32 Thought that European law did not apply in Britain
42 Thought that social security payments and pensions did not come from taxation
EuroStat 2004 reported that:
57% German citizens thought that Germany state is more than 200 years old
45 Italians thought that Italian state is more than 200 years old
18 Europeans cannot place Mexico on the map
39 Europeans cannot place Belgium on the map
26 Europeans cannot place Poland on the map
87 Europeans cannot place Lithuania on the map.
22 Europeans think that the European Parliament is made up of national Presidents.
78 Europeans have not heard of the Council of Ministers.
34 Europeans think that the European Commission is a law court.
84 Europeans did not know that there is a Parliament building in Strasbourg
26 Europeans did not know that there is a Parliament building in Brussels
33 Europeans did not know that Brussels is in Belgium
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