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We are wrong about nearly everything, apparently. Are you?

(24 Posts)
edam Wed 10-Jul-13 12:52:18

most of the 'facts' that people believe about current affairs are wrong, apparently. Entertaining test from the Guardian's data blog.

ArtexMonkey Wed 10-Jul-13 12:56:46

I got 7 out of ten. People always overestimate numbers of immigrants/asylum seekers/Muslims/single parents/insert tabloid baddie of choice here etc, that shit has been going on for years.

Portofino Wed 10-Jul-13 12:58:35

I got 9 out of 10 right! I am never wrong grin

Nagoo Wed 10-Jul-13 13:03:51

7 out of ten 'slightly divorced from reality'. That'll do pig. I don't want to know everything. I get queasy when I think about current affairs.

So only 3% of people are single parents. I think I was tricked by that question, as it doesn't say what proportion of parents are single, IYSWIM.

I underestimated the number of people with twitter and that vote.

BOF Wed 10-Jul-13 13:07:33

6 out of 10. I got the important stuff right though grin

ArtexMonkey Wed 10-Jul-13 13:09:58

I also underestimated the number of voters and twitter users, and I got the question wrong about police spending vs transport spending.

BOF Wed 10-Jul-13 13:11:16

I got those wrong too, Artex. And I overestimated single parents by ten per cent.

HomeHelpMeGawd Wed 10-Jul-13 13:11:17

Given it's in the Graun, it's quite easy to game and get the right answer... "pick the answer most easily portrayed as confounding a Daily Mail prejudice". I got 8 out of 10 with this method.

lollylaughs Wed 10-Jul-13 13:14:15

Yes I am all the time - I have a teenager grin

LauraShigihara Wed 10-Jul-13 13:14:42

6 out of 10. I thought that single parent question was tricky - I didn't understand what they were asking. Parent completely alone, parent with a new partner?

I overestimated how many children live in poverty and how many voted in the election, because the Guardian keeps telling me that poverty numbers are always underestimated and that not many people bother to vote. So I picked numbers with that in mind and was wildly out.

<damn you, grauniad>

ThingummyBob Wed 10-Jul-13 13:14:46

I scored "Not as daft as you look unlike most people" grin

I underestimated on people voting and the cost of transport v's police one.

ThingummyBob Wed 10-Jul-13 13:15:39

D'oh 8/10

... clearly am as daft as I look hmm

edam Wed 10-Jul-13 13:17:29

I only got 5/10 and there was me, thinking 'ooh, this'll be easy'...

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 10-Jul-13 13:20:53

6 out of 10 and slightly divorced from reality too

spacegoat Wed 10-Jul-13 13:22:34

I only got 2 right!! I underestimated most questions. Am sad to find out that 20% of British children are living in poverty.

Snorbs Wed 10-Jul-13 13:44:49

I got 7/10 which surprised me. I thought I would get fewer right.

Over the last few years I've deliberately tried to avoid as much news as possible. It was genuinely starting to depress me. Now I just skim the headlines to make sure I haven't missed the Queen dying for anything particularly noteworthy and ignore the rest. It has definitely improved my quality of life.

HarrietSchulenberg Wed 10-Jul-13 13:57:10

6/10. Got the important ones right (is it really important to know how many people have a Twitter account?).

edam Wed 10-Jul-13 22:05:40

kind of, because newspapers and the rest of the media report twitter reactions to any big news story as if that's news in itself, we need to remember it's a minority.

Abra1d Wed 10-Jul-13 22:08:33

I got 8/10 by using the 'Confound the Daily Mail' technique, too. In fact, the answers on the 'incendiary' questions are usually the lowest figure, so it's easy.

Hullygully Wed 10-Jul-13 22:12:29

I got 9/10, but mainly because it already said most people would get it wrong so it was easy to guess

VitoCorleone Wed 10-Jul-13 22:13:52

I got 3 out of 10 and am apparently "living in cloud cuckoo land"


FunnysInLaJardin Wed 10-Jul-13 22:15:08

Hully you are are girly swot

TeWiSavesTheDay Wed 10-Jul-13 22:16:48



It was the election question I got wrong - had no idea turnout was decent.

Pascha Wed 10-Jul-13 22:17:43

8/10 I underestimated the number of children living in poverty.

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