Polling firm Ipsos MORI recently tested Britons’ knowledge of the EU, with mixed results.
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.
The average person guesses 25%.
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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.
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.
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.
The EU employs 55,000 civil servants.
The average guess was 25,000 civil servants.
It's 6%, or €8.5 billion.
The average guess is 27% of the overall budget, which is €38.5 billion.
MEPs are democratically elected by the member countries.
Four in ten people did not know this.
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.
What Do You Really Know About The EU?
You're not quite up on all the facts about the EU. But you're not alone! According to the recent Ipsos MORI poll, many people in the UK have some misconceptions about the EU and how it affects life in Britain.
You've got a decent grasp on the facts about the EU! According to the recent Ipsos MORI poll, many people in the UK have some misconceptions about the EU and how it affects life in Britain.