Recession disillusionment 'turning over 50s against government'

The impact of recession upon the financial plans and day-to-day living of many over 50s could lead to a backlash against the government among older voters.

A new survey conducted by campaign group Mature Times has indicated that three-quarters of over 50s have had to reduce spending as a result of the current economic situation, with around half having to cut back on food and charity spending.

Foreign holidays, meanwhile are being cut short by an average of eight days to make ends meet.

The poll results suggested the government may be the biggest loser from the situation, with 24.7 per cent of those polled likely to switch their vote to the Conservatives as a result of dissatisfaction with economic conditions.

Marketing expert Dick Stroud said: "This survey shows that the volatile economy is making 20 million people reconsider where they spend their money and who will get their vote."

Last week, the National Association of Pension Funds called on the government to provide more proactive pension support in order to assuage growing disillusionment with current schemes.

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