Distintos grupos realizaron encuestas en los EE.UU. con el fin de determinar cuánto conocen los estadounidenses de sí mismos.

Los resultados son desalentadores.

Americans guessed that 30% of their countrymen are vegan.i The real proportion? Just 5%. 

Respondents estimated 20% of Americans had a household income over $1 million. The proportion is less than 1%. i

When asked what percentage of Americans live in New York City, the respondents said 30%. The actual number: 3%. 1 

They assumed that about 50% of Americans have consistently opposed immigration. Actually, 75% of Americans say immigrants strengthen the U.S., three times higher than in the mid-90s. 2 

Americans guessed that somewhere between 1/4  and 1/3 of the country still opposes interracial marriage … when the actual approval rate for interracial marriage is 94%.3 

They also thought that more than half of Americans were “very interested in politics” … when the real number is less than 25%. 2 

1. “From Millionaires to Muslims, Small Subgroups of the Population Seem Much Larger to Many Americans” (Taylor Orth) – YouGovAmerica”Widespread Misperceptions of Long-Term Attitude Change”
2. (Adam M. Mastroianni and Jason Dana) – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
3. “U.S. Approval of Interracial Marriage at New High of 94%” (Justin McCarthy) – Gallup