19% of Bulgarians have Doubts About the Shape of the Earth, a Study Showed

Society | March 13, 2019, Wednesday // 15:24| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: 19% of Bulgarians have Doubts About the Shape of the Earth, a Study Showed

Planet Earth is flat and it is not true what is widely known: that it has a form close to a globe, according to 8% of the surveyed among the Bulgarians of Gallup International. It was conducted among 824 people between 1 and 8 March, with 1% of the sample being about 55 thousand.


81% of the respondents have no hesitation on the matter flat or round the earth, and 11 percent said they can not judge. According to the study's authors, doubts about the shape of the planet are mostly from marginalized social groups in society.


On another space-related issue - have there been people on the moon, 9% deny this claim, 74% agree, and 17% can not judge it. Commenting on these data from Gallup International, the most educated are those who are the most sure.


"Such an assertion examines the knowledge and general culture, as well as the affinity for conspiracy theories, as well as the mistrust of generally accepted facts." The majority of the people in Bulgaria obviously prefer the official sources, information and theories, although the share of those who have doubts, "the data comment says.


At the beginning of the year it became a popular case when a teacher at a school in Sofia told her students during class that it was not possible to get on the moon.


About 15% of the respondents believe vaccination is harmful. 

The third issue in the study is on the current issue of vaccines, with 15% of respondents agreeing that they are harmful to humans. 58 per cent do not accept this position, and 27 per cent can not form an opinion. The data show that claims of vaccine harm are not getting popular, although at least they do not neglect the shares of people who are negative. And education plays a decisive role on this issue, is the conclusion of sociologists.

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