The constant NEED to bash voters is so obviously a Talking Point as to be conspicuous for its insistence.
FAR more fair would be to say that since the whole of society operates as much on capital as it does fossil fuels, that when the big banks turn off their printing presses, they have ANY prime minister or President by "the balls." So this is hardly the matter of what citizens vote for... or because citizens are comatose. It's because old family wealth has run nations for centuries. The only nations that got a good/fair deal were Europe's Social Democracies... what, with offering their citizens health care and time off, etc. But since global corporations now run the world system, they find these programs inconvenient.
Financing fools like Scott Walker, Harper, the Bush-Clinton team, Cameron in U.K, and others who follow the marching orders to roll back social benefits due to far too much spent on militarism, they make life miserable for many... if not most.
Instead of recognizing the stresses placed on families when there is no health care--or it costs more than heads of families earn; or housing values are artificially inflated and then deflated so that many are "under water" and have no equity; and that jobs today are increasingly being treated as temp. work sans benefits... one sees that pressure is very real for SURVIVAL.
This isn't about watching TV. This is about POWER.
The Good News is that--as was also true after the Great Depression and thus the major political force of the l930s--when the elites attempt to take it All, citizens respond. And so there is a new liberal voice in U.K., in Greece, in Canada, in U.S., in many nations of South America, and to an extent, Putin comes off as more progressive (on foreign policy) than his Western counterparts.
If you read "The Shock Doctrine" you'd realize that the same crap took place in South Africa. A Black leader is only allowed to be a figurehead, without financial backing, he can't implement fair, just, and humane policies.
Until the chokehold of Old, BIG Money (and its military strong men) is upended, power will continue to direct too many aspects of too many lives.