Britain: Public Anxiety Over Economic Recovery

THE GUARDIAN – Voters in Britain have grasped that an economic recovery is under way, but precious few are feeling the benefit, according to a Guardian/ICM poll that shines a spotlight on the anxiety of a nation.

A majority of the public (56%) accept that the economic recovery is real, but fewer than one in five voters, just 18%, say their families are benefiting.

However, if the initial findings appear to validate Ed Miliband’s focus on the cost of living, when asked what underlies their economic uncertainty, voters point the finger at immigrants undercutting employment terms and conditions more than anything else.

A total of 46% cite concerns about immigration, although worries about the level of wages and concern about unreliable and dead-end jobs also feature.

The question many people are beginning to ask is ‘how can an economy recover when it is unable to repay the massive national debt?’

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