People don't respond to facts and information anymore. They do what their gut tells them.
Their gut is telling them that we are broke, we have a huge debt problem, and the only way to fix this problem is to slash benefits for the poor. The only way to solve this problem is to make life more miserable for the old, the sick, and the unlucky in society.
No, scratch that. The media is telling them that. We are the most misinformed society on the planet even though we have this:
We are ignorant on purpose, even though we are surrounded by devices that are incredible simply because of how much information they could be giving to us.