respondents guessed that the government spent an average of 18.5 per cent of its budget on developing countries.
The actual number is 1.3%.
Two things seem to flow from this. First the government has a serious problem on its hands in communicating just what it does spend money on. This reinforces my point that governments (starting with that in the UK) have a duty to massively improve the quality of their reporting to the people to whom they are accountable - the electorate. Second, people don't realise how little support is really given to development. It's time they did - and the government has a role in that as well.