A new survey has shown that the British public has the wrong idea about many issues including crime, benefit fraud and immigration
|Media to blame for misconceptions?|
● Benefit fraud: the public think that £24 of every £100 of benefits is fraudulently claimed. Official estimates are that only 70 pence in every £100 is fraudulent (0.7%) - so the public conception is out by a factor of 34.
● Immigration: British people believe that the immigrant population is 31 per cent, when the figure is actually 13 per cent. Even including illegal immigrants, the figure is only about 15 per cent.
● Ethnicity: British people think that Black and Asian people make up 30 per cent of the population, when the figure is closer to 11 per cent.
● Crime: Most British people do not believe crime is falling, when actually the Crime Survey for England and Wales shows that incidents of crime were 19 per cent lower in 2012 than in 2006/07 and 53 per cent lower than in 1995. About half of British people think that violent crime is rising, when it has fallen from almost 2.5 million incidents in 2006/07 to under 2 million in 2012.
● Religion: Many British people believe that 24% of the population is Muslim. Actually, in England and Wales it’s only 5%. (In Scotland it’s less than 1%)
pregnancy: British people think that 15 per
cent of girls under 16 become pregnant every year, when official figures say
the amount is closer to 0.6 per cent.
|Teenage pregnancy: |
conception or misconception?
● Foreign aid: A quarter of British people think foreign aid is one of the top three government expenditures - but in fact foreign aid accounts for only 1.1 per cent of government expenditure.