Romania ranks second in the world in the 2020 Ignorance Index, as being a country where the most erroneous perceptions have been registered. Turkey ranks first, while Spain third.
Brazil is the country where assessments of people are the closest to reality, followed by South Korea and the Netherlands.
The second edition of Ipsos Mori’s “Perils of Perceptions” study surveyed the people’s erroneous perceptions from 32 countries on such topics as death caused by diseases, violence, accidents or other causes.
Even if opinions are different from one country to another, there is one common ground: on average, people tend to underestimate the number of deaths due to cancer or cardiovascular diseases or overestimate deaths caused by car crashes, violence, drug abuse or alcohol abuse.
So, briefly, people tend to underestimate “the trivial” causes and to overestimate the “exceptional” ones, because when the latter happen there is a lot of talk about them precisely because the events are unusual.
Like many other nations, and even more, Romanians tend to underestimate the frequent deaths prompted by diseases and overestimate the less frequent ones, caused by violence, accidents, violence or terrorism. Romania is the fifth country that declares the Internet as a main source of information (33%).
At the same time, Romania ranks 7th on the confidence in the answers given to the questions of a poll.
According to the HME Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (IHME – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation), cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of deaths worldwide.
Misperceptions Index reveals that Turkey is most wrongs when perceiving the causes of deaths, with Romania ranking second and Spain third.