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The election hangs on us
                                      April 2005

The election hangs on us 

Amazon Book - Politics UKTwo-thirds of over 55s (66%) say they are absolutely certain to vote in the General Election compared to under two-fifths (39%) of 18-54 year olds, according to research by Age Concern and ICM. But with about 2.6 million over 55s undecided about who to vote for, politicians are facing a fierce battle for the older vote.

The charity warns that it could be those over 55 who will decide the outcome of the General Election - not the one in four people under the age of 34 who say they are certain not to vote.


Although age does not determine how people will vote, the opinion of the over 55s unites around key areas of concern. They want the Government to focus on:


  • Pensions - 57%

  • NHS - 57%

  • Economy - 33%

  • Public Services - 32%

  • Tax - 25%

General Election votes - looking in detail:

  • Always vote in a General Election: 69% of over 55s, 44% of 35-54, 27% of 25-34, 17% of 18-24

  • Never vote in a General Election: just 2% of over 65s, 3% of 55-64, 7% of 35-54, and 14% of 18-34

  • Certain to vote in an immediate General Election: 70% of over 65s, 66% of over 55s, 39% of under 55.

  • Certain not to vote in an immediate General Election: just 7% of over 55s, 13% of 35-54, 1 in 4 (20%) under 34



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