One of the frequent arguments presented by government worshipers is that the public cannot be trusted to manage themselves better than a central authority can. In imagining such a world, they sever all connection between the idealized fiction of the government and it's relationship to the mortal men who operate it. Who runs a government besides men? Who votes if not for the ignorant masses?
If anything, the reliance of the state on the unvetted opinions of it's voters ought to make you suspicious of it's competency. A foolish individual is primarily a burden to himself. A government of fools, dependent on foolish votes, is a burden to everyone.