I wonder who is this AVERAGE citizen and how does he look like. In general, I don't think politicians are in tune... Maybe they are - their goal is to stay in office and get what they want. As long as they manage, they are in tune...
My impression that the AVERAGE CITIZEN is a passive creature. Otherwise, America would be a better place to live. I would say the same for Canada.
And I would say nothing about my native Russia - I feel it is a Disaster Area. And whose responsibility it all is? An average citizen who does not want to take care of his own house/home.
It all starts with one person.