Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Picture: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

A report has found that of the EU's six largest member states, the UK's population knows the least, on average about the EU. Good thing we're not the one thinking of leaving. Oh, wait.

A report by Bertelsmann Stiftung has measured the knowledge levels of the six largest member states in the EU, finding the United Kingdom to have the weakest knowledge of all six.

The below chart by Statista shows the results of the survey:

The report said:

Knowledge is highest in countries that have adopted the Euro: France, Germany, Italy and Spain; and lower in the non-Eurozone countries: Great Britain and Poland.

Regarding the low level of knowledge in the UK, the report commented:

This low level of knowledge about the EU suggests that politicians and journalists have significant room for influencing public opinion in the upcoming Brexit referendum.

The report also compared recognition of world leaders' names, such as Angela Merkel, Barack Obama and Francois Hollande, compared to key EU officials', such as Martin Schulz, Jean-Claude Juncker, Mario Draghi, Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Donald Tusk.

The report found again that people from countries inside the Eurozone were more likely to recognise the names of top EU officials compared to those outside of it.

In short, both campaigns are, relatively, speaking to an uninformed audience in this referendum which has been framed as settling the issue for a generation.


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