I came across a series of reports looking at voter perception on both the size/and role of governments produced by Essential Media. On the question “Overall, do you think Government in Australia is too large and tries to do too much” 44% thought the government did too much versus 28% that the government did too little. Interestingly when asked specifically on the role of government in delivering on particular issues (health, infrastructure, education) and if they do too much or too little, people thought that too little was done. 74% thought too little was done on health, 63% thought too little was done on public infrastructure, 67% on public transport and 53% thought too little done on education. As the Pollytics blog has noted this is a paradox. I did find Andrew Norton’s headline humorous, “An electorate that thinks the government does too much, expect for all the areas in which it does to little”.
Source: Essential Media Communication. 2 Apr 2013. Role of Government. [ONLINE] Available at: http://essentialvision.com.au/role-of-government.
Essential Media Communication. 2 Apr 2013. Size of Government . [ONLINE] Available at: http://essentialvision.com.au/size-of-government.