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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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<strong>Recently, people over the whole European Union responded to a <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en">daylight savings referendum</a>. 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.</strong> <strong>Recently, people over the whole European Union responded to a <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/2018-summertime-arrangements_en">daylight savings referendum</a>. 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.</strong>
The <em>Guardian</em> 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. The <em>Guardian</em> 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. <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>
"More than 80% of EU citizens against biannual time changes" - <em>Guardian</em> "More than 80% of EU citizens against biannual time changes" - <em>Guardian</em>
<strong>Fact check:</strong> <strong>Fact check:</strong>
<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>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> <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> "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>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. <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.
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> 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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