More than 900 million people around the world still live in poverty and rich countries often pride themselves on providing financial assistance to them. But few people actually know how much rich countries give to poor countries.

Every year since 2009, the Kaiser Family foundation conducts a widely reported survey in the US on what people think their government is spending on foreign aid. The results are staggering: year after year, US taxpayers think that about one-fourth of the federal budget goes towards foreign aid – around $800 billion.

This is, of course, far from reality. Actual figures range more in the area of $30 billion, depending on what you count as economic aid. The Kaiser Foundation study made us curious: how would Europeans respond to the same question? We asked almost 12.000 people across all EU-28 countries to find out and teamed up with The Changer to publish our findings.

The results showed that Europeans are really only slightly more realistic than Americans. While the US and European countries spend less than 1% of their budget in aid, 95% of US citizens and 86% of Europeans think that their governments spend at least twice as much.


Want to know more? Check out the Changer article here: How Much Do Governments Really Spend on Foreign Aid?

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