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Fact check: News reports about EU daylight savings referendum Fact check: News reports about EU daylight savings referendum
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Some European newspapers cited different results to the recent EU daylight saving referendum. Help us fact check these claims Some European newspapers cited different results to the recent EU daylight saving referendum. Help us fact check these claims
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Recently, a <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en">daylight savings referendum</a> was responded to by people over the whole European Union. The main question was whether the EU should maintain the system of switching clocks twice a year for the summer daylight savings  - or just abolish it altogether. Recently, a <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en">daylight savings referendum</a> was responded to by people over the whole European Union. The main question was whether the EU should maintain the system of switching clocks twice a year for the summer daylight savings  - or just abolish it altogether.
  The Guardian newspaper published an article saying <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-abolish-daylight-saving-time">80 per cent of the EU population's</a> wants to abolish the daylight savings scheme.
  <em><a href="https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/31/ciencia/noticia/mudanca-da-hora-relogios-da-europa-suspensos-a-espera-da-proposta-da-comissao-europeia-1842682">Público (Portuguese)</a></em> stated that less than .33 percent of the Portugal voted in the referendum.
<strong>Claim: </strong> <strong>Claim: </strong>
The fact checking request comes from the numbers announced in media regarding the results. The Guardian newspaper refers to more than <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-abolish-daylight-saving-time">80 per cent of the EU population's</a> will to abolish the daylight savings scheme, but there are also mentions in <em><a href="https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/31/ciencia/noticia/mudanca-da-hora-relogios-da-europa-suspensos-a-espera-da-proposta-da-comissao-europeia-1842682">Público (Portuguese)</a></em> that less than 1 percent of the population of each country voted. "More than 80% of EU citizens against biannual time changes" - Guardian
<strong>Fact check:</strong> <strong>Fact check:</strong>
The claim that more than 80 percent of  the EU citizens voted against bi-annual time changes, is false. According to a <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5302_en.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">press release</a> issued by the European Commission, 84 percent of respondents are in favour of ending the bi-annual clock change.  <strong>True. </strong>According to a <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5302_en.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">press release</a> issued by the European Commission, 84 percent of respondents to the online poll are in favour of ending the bi-annual clock change.
  <strong>Claim:</strong>
  "0.33% of Portuguese voted" in the referendum. - <em><a href="https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/31/ciencia/noticia/mudanca-da-hora-relogios-da-europa-suspensos-a-espera-da-proposta-da-comissao-europeia-1842682">Público (Portuguese)</a></em>
  <strong>Fact Check:</strong>
  <strong>True.</strong> Portugal had a low participation rate compared to some other member states, like Germany which had <a href="///Users/cmt-laptop/Downloads/IP-18-5302_EN.pdf">3.79 percent</a> of their national population vote in the survey, according to the European Commission's press release.
The claim that less than one percent of the population of each country voted is true in respect of the member states as a whole. According to the same press release, the consultation received 4.6 million responses from all 28 member states which constitute about 0.89 percent of the roughly 513 million residents (<em><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&amp;init=1&amp;language=en&amp;pcode=tps00001&amp;plugin=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Eurostat</a></em>) in the EU. Roughly 4.6 million EU Citizens voted in the referendum, which is less than one percent of the population of the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&amp;init=1&amp;language=en&amp;pcode=tps00001&amp;plugin=1">513 million</a> residents of the European Union<em> (Eurostat).</em> Yet this daylight-savings poll was<a href="https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/17/ciencia/noticia/participacao-recorde-no-questionario-europeu-sobre-o-horario-de-verao-1841293"> record breaking</a> compared to previous EU surveys <em>(Publico, PT). </em>
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<p><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en" rel="nofollow">https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en</a></p> <p><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en" rel="nofollow">https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-abolish-daylight-saving-time" rel="nofollow">https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-abolish-daylight-saving-time</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-abolish-daylight-saving-time" rel="nofollow">https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/eu-recommend-member-states-abolish-daylight-saving-time</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/31/ciencia/noticia/mudanca-da-hora-relogios-da-europa-suspensos-a-espera-da-proposta-da-comissao-europeia-1842682" rel="nofollow">https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/31/ciencia/noticia/mudanca-da-hora-relogios-da-europa-suspensos-a-espera-da-proposta-da-comissao-europeia-1842682</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/31/ciencia/noticia/mudanca-da-hora-relogios-da-europa-suspensos-a-espera-da-proposta-da-comissao-europeia-1842682" rel="nofollow">https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/31/ciencia/noticia/mudanca-da-hora-relogios-da-europa-suspensos-a-espera-da-proposta-da-comissao-europeia-1842682</a></p>
<p><a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5302_en.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5302_en.pdf</a></p> <p><a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5302_en.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5302_en.pdf</a></p>
<p><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&amp;init=1&amp;language=en&amp;pcode=tps00001&amp;plugin=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&#038;init=1&#038;language=en&#038;pcode=tps00001&#038;plugin=1</a></p> <p><a href="https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&amp;init=1&amp;language=en&amp;pcode=tps00001&amp;plugin=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/tgm/table.do?tab=table&#038;init=1&#038;language=en&#038;pcode=tps00001&#038;plugin=1</a></p>
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