Apparently, over 50% of Brits pretend to know what they're talking about when it comes to current affairs

Turns out we are truly a nation of big, fat liars. According to new research, we are fulfilling the British stereotype perfectly by not admitting when we don't know the answer to something, rather we are bluffing our way through conversations down the local pub.

Well, 52% of us are, anyway. According to research conducted by children's news magazine, The Week Junior, the topics that cause us most confusion are the US election, money markets, the Middle East and Brexit.

Boris Johnson before he boarded the Vote Leave campaign bus
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The survey of 2,000 British adults found that 39% of grown-ups felt forced into faking it as they were too embarrassed to fess up to their lack of knowledge and, 58% of British adults admitted to relying on search engines when faced with complex topics.

Here are the top 10 current affairs topics misunderstood by British adults:

1. Russian foreign policy (53%)
2. International finance markets (51%)
3. The Israel/Palestine conflict (42%)
4. Syrian conflict (39%)
5. Islamic State (32%)
6. Grammar Schools/Academic reforms (27%)
7. Fracking (25%)
8. Brexit (22%)
9. Cyber Attacks (21%)
10. The US Election (20%)

Worryingly, those aged 18-25 performed worse than older age groups in the poll.

The survey also found that knowledge of even basic details were lacking. More than half of British adults (53%) were unaware Damascus is the capital of Syria, despite the civil war in the country being one of the biggest ongoing stories of the past five years. A sizeable number (15%) thought the siege city of Aleppo was the capital.

Outside the Russian embassy in London
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

There were further gaps in the understanding in the Middle East with fewer than half of British adults (38%) aware that the terms Isis, Isil, the Islamic State and Daesh all refer to the same terrorist group.

Despite the British economy being in the spotlight on a regular basis over the past few months, a huge number of adults (46%) were unable to name the Chancellor of the Exchequer as Philip Hammond. One in five (20%) believed George Osborne - who lost his role when Prime Minister Theresa May formed her first Cabinet - was still in the position.

Adults were none the wiser when considering this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize either, with 27% confusing Bob Dylan for the actual winner, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (23%). A massive 77% were unable to even hazard a guess.

Donald Trump
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In conclusion? We are all doomed.

The survey was conducted by 72 Point and commissioned by The Week Junior in October 2016.

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