In his 2004 book “The Wisdom of Crowds”, James Surowiecki makes an interesting case that if you want to make a correct decision then large numbers of ordinary people can provide better advice than a small number of experts. We have been researching this concept since 2005 and find that it is a potentially useful technique - but that applying it is rather more complex than suggested by Surowiecki.
We prefer the term "the wisdom of the masses" rather than crowds because the latter does not suggest sufficient diversity.
Consumer expectations have been found to be valuable for forecasting and predicting behaviour. This includes economic and political outcomes.
The April 2021 survey indicates that economic fear has declined back to long-term average.
The report also covers expectations about prices (automotive fuel and electricity); fertility; disease; vehicle ownership; and terrorism.
This information has implications for consumer spending, and politics as the next Australian federal election draws nigh.