UK public distrusts statistics

A study found that politicians who used statistics were viewed as less trustworthy to the UK public.

People reported they found politicians the least trust-worthy sources of information, and scientists and academics the most trust-worthy. Researchers also found that little value was given to the importance of numbers, with more subjects saying they would be proud of their children if they excelled in reading and writing (55%) as opposed to if their children were good at numbers (13%).

The study also reports 52% of the subjects believe politicians reach decisions based on principles rather than evidence, reflecting the way the British public makes their own decisions.

Read more at King's College London