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What Do You Really Know About The EU?

Are your perceptions skewed?

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Polling firm Ipsos MORI recently tested Britons’ knowledge of the EU, with mixed results.

Many Brits were "still very shaky on fundamental aspects" of the UK's relationship with the EU, according to Bobby Duffy, the managing director of the polling firm's Social Research Institute.
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Many Brits were "still very shaky on fundamental aspects" of the UK's relationship with the EU, according to Bobby Duffy, the managing director of the polling firm's Social Research Institute.

But how does YOUR knowledge about the EU stack up?

  1. What percentage of people living in the UK were born in an EU member state?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    20%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    15%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    10%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    5%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 5%.

    That's around 3.5 million people. The average estimate, according to Ipsos MORI, was 15%, and people who intended to vote Leave generally estimated a higher number.

  2. What proportion of ALL immigrants to Britain were born in the EU?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    37%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    31%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    25%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    19%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 37%.

    The average person guesses 25%.

  3. Does Britain pay more into the EU than it gets back?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Yes
    Correct
    Incorrect
    No
    Correct
    Incorrect
    It's about the same
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Britain does pay more into the EU than it gets back.

    The majority of people are aware of this, with 67% of people getting this correct.

  4. Where does Britain rank in contributions to the EU?

    Correct
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    First
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Second
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Third
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Fourth
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Fifth
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Britain ranks behind three other countries.

    Germany, France, and Italy all contribute more, and Germany in fact pays twice as much as the UK. Eighty-four per cent of people put the UK in the top three contributors.

  5. Where does the UK rank in terms of the amount of money received from the EU budget?

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    Least
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Second-least
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Fourth-least
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sixth-least
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Eighth-least
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The UK receives the eighth-least amount from the EU budget.

    Countries like Poland, Germany, and Greece all receive less than the UK. Twenty-four per cent of the public believe the UK gets the second-least amount.

  6. How many civil servants does the EU employ?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    75,000
    Correct
    Incorrect
    55,000
    Correct
    Incorrect
    25,000
    Correct
    Incorrect
    15,000
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The EU employs 55,000 civil servants.

    The average guess was 25,000 civil servants.

  7. What percentage of the EU's budget is spent on administration?

    This includes staff, maintenance of buildings, and admin.

    Correct
    Incorrect
    3%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    6%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    14%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    26%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 6%, or €8.5 billion.

    The average guess is 27% of the overall budget, which is €38.5 billion.

  8. Are members of the European parliament elected or unelected?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Elected
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Unelected
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    MEPs are democratically elected by the member countries.

    Four in ten people did not know this.

  9. What percentage of investment in the UK comes from the EU?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    28%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    38%
    Correct
    Incorrect
    48%
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Forty-eight per cent of outside investment in the UK comes from the EU.

    The average estimate is 30% of the total contributions. This is matched by a perception that China contributes significantly, when in fact just 1% of investment in the UK comes from there.

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