We praise our democracy because it gives power to the people.
Referendums are a democratic way to exert this power.
But is this true?
Let's assume that there are 2 issues: A and B.
Referendums are held for both.
In the chart below the population is imaged as a stretched rectangle.
We notice that in both cases A and B , 66% of the population votes YES
so both proposals are accepted.
We notice that there are no people that reject both proposals A and B.
Now assume that A and B were combined in one referendum, so it is only possible to vote
for A and B combined.
If voters rejection is stronger than their approval, both proposals A and B are rejected!
Now, what is the "will of the people"?
This clearly shows that the outcome of a referendum may be strongly influenced by
the way proposals are formulated.