Waylaid Dialectic

November 24, 2010

Should we give aid — what does the public think?

Filed under: Aid — terence @ 2:49 pm
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Just a bookmark for myself really…

The following sites detail public opinion surverys (of developed countries) where people are asked their views about aid:

Global

UK (recent)

USA

NZ (and detailed here)

A couple of interesting points to note from the NZ stats:

1. 69% of New Zealanders surveyed in 2007 think aid should be targeted by need vs 25% who think it should be targeted primarily to the Pacific.

2. Most New Zealanders (by quite a margin) think aid should be given solely for moral reasons – not in our own strategic interest.

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2 Comments

  1. My pet peeve about aid surveys is that they usually don’t ask people how much ‘we’ actually spend on aid. This is important as according to a UK survey in 2004 most people massively overestimate aid expenditure, and when told the actual amount more think it should be increased than decreased.

    Comment by Jim — November 24, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

  2. Hi Jim,

    One of the US surveys I linked to also shows this. I need to check but don’t think the NZ survey asked it unfortunately, although on a range of other questions responses indicated the public didn’t know much about aid (didn’t know about NZ – thought we gave more in private donations than govt aid etc…)

    cheers

    Terence

    Comment by terence — November 25, 2010 @ 7:04 am


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