This is the story told in the mainstream media and simplistic ‘opinion’ surveys - but it’s a false opposition. Higher levels of public services do not necessarily imply higher taxes, and higher tax-takes overall do not necessarily imply higher taxes for most people.
Remember the idea that taxes ‘pay for’ public services is not actually true. Governments with their own currency can simply create any amount of funding they like for public services. This MAY result in inflation - IF the public services don’t increase productivity sufficiently (a complicated sum - for example better health services, especially prevention, could well have big impacts on productivity, as could better transport systems, etc, etc) - but then it’s much more effective to tax the rich than the poor to remove surplus spending - as well as obviously fairer.
A personal anecdote: when we moved to France everybody warned us we would pay more tax, and we did, a bit - but we were still actually better off (principally because our family allowance (allocations familiales) more than tripled. People responding to surveys etc in the UK just think ‘if I pay more tax I’ll be worse off’ - but in fact when the value of better public provision is taken into account most might well be better off (as indeed most people are in Europe’s most socialist countries like Denmark , Norway and Sweden).
Problem is, it’s not possible to get these messages across in the UK mainstream media (another reason, perhaps, the young are more radical - they use different information sources).