My poll finding of the Year – the massive gap between perception and reality over the nature of the UK

December 15th, 2013

The Tweet that had me trending on Twitter

Yesterday morning I posted the above Ipsos-MORI chart which within a few hours became something of a Twitter sensation. By early afternoon it made me the most referred to Tweeter in the UK and it continues to have a big impact.

The chart was taken from an Ipsos-MORI review of the Year which made this the first slide.

The polling itself took place in June and got some attention at the time.

That there is such a distorted view of the make-up of the UK has a massive political impact because many politicians and the media respond to perceptions not to reality. It becomes very hard to argue against what many see as “facts” which are widely believed but simply are wrong.

Mike Smithson

Blogging from OUTSIDE the Westminster bubble since 2004