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Barometer | 6 June 2019

Barometer | 6 June 2019
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Juncker’s perks

The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker complained that he doesn’t have an official residence, unlike the ambassadors who frequently entertain him, and has to live in a hotel room. What are the perks of his job?

— He receives a salary of €306,655 (£271,000), untaxed in his home country and subject only to a low EU tax.

— He gets a residence allowance of €46,000 p.a., equivalent to 15 per cent of his salary.

— He is also eligible for a family allowance equivalent to 2 per cent of his salary.

The free world

Was Donald Trump’s state banquet the most appropriate to boycott? Countries whose leaders have been treated to a state visit in the past decade, ranked by their position on the Human Freedom Index:

HIGHEST

Netherlands

6

Ireland

8

USA

17

Singapore

25

Spain

25

South Korea

27

South Africa

63

LOWEST

Mexico

75

Qatar

103

Turkey

107

India

110

UAE

117

Kuwait

124

China

135

Atheist beliefs

Percentage of people describing themselves as atheists who ‘strongly’ or ‘somewhat’ agree with the existence of:

Life after death

19%

Reincarnation

13%

Astrology

14%

Objects with mystical powers

11%

‘That significant events

are meant to be’

29%

Supernatural beings

20%

Universal spirits of life force

19%

Underlying forces of good and evil

30%

Karma

7%

Source: Understanding Unbelief Project, University of Kent

Football vs cricket

How do audiences for the Cricket World Cup and the Football World Cup compare?

— According to Fifa, last year’s Football World Cup final in Russia attracted an estimated 1bn viewers around the world. The matches were attended by a total of 3m fans.

— The most-watched match in the last Cricket World Cup in 2015 was not the final but a group game between India and Pakistan, which drew 313m TV viewers worldwide. That, however, was dwarfed by the 558m who watched the 2011 final between India and Sri Lanka.

As for game attendance, the 2015 Cricket World Cup attracted 1.02m ticket sales.