Foreign aid might be only 1.1% but that is something like £10bn. The real question is how many people think that is too much? I know I do.
Likewise with pretty much every other stat there, I can think immigrants make up 31% all day long (I find hard to believe people think that but anyway) but given the true figure of 13% I might still find that objectionable. Ditto JSA etc etc.
The public thinks the state spends too much on shite. The public is correct, although they think it's even worse than it really is. I notice the article is big on percentages and low on numbers, which is convenient.
We give just under a billion in aid to India every year, and only half gets to its intended recipients, the rest being euphemistically described as "leakage".
There's a big gulf between people not having the figures on tap when accosted in the street by researchers, and between having legitimate options on the nation's finances, immigration etc.
In any case, this was The Independent, the Daily Fail for those a bit up themselves.