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In an age of extremes, most people are really pretty moderate

A major YouGov survey shows that extremists are not as prevalent as you might think
A survey of more than 25,000 people in 23 countries is remarkable for the unremarkable things it shows. Composite: The Guardian Design Team

It is not hard to scroll through a huge global opinion survey and find the outliers. They are many and compelling: vaccine-doubters, conspiracy theorists, arch-pessimists and even people who approve of Theresa May.

The danger however is that these newspoints can give us a certain impression about the world: that outliers are the norm, that eccentrics are far more prevalent than they actually are.

But the of more, is actually remarkable for the unremarkable things it points out.

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