The poll, which surveyed over 2,000 people, demonstrates the continuing lack of faith in the Liberal Democrats following their collusion with the Conservatives in the coalition government and back tracking on their campaign promise not to increase tuition fees.
The news comes after around 10,000 students marched on London in late November as part of Demo 2012, a protest against rising costs of university and further education.
“British industry needs 41,000 grads per year but only produces 19,000”. Government response? Triple tuition fees. Top growth policy that.
— Dominic Campbell (@dominiccampbell) December 7, 2012
Whilst the poll revealed that 58% of parents believe the MPs should not stand for re-election, 45% thought that the MPs who broke their pledge should resign and 62% said they would not vote for an MP who broke their promise at the next election.[one_half] [/one_half]
Such news comes as further proof of decline for the Liberal Democrats as a recent poll, made on 7 December by The Sunday Times and You Gov, found that only 10% of voters intended to vote Lid Dem at the next election, with 58% disapproving of the coalition government’s current record to date.
On the poll NUS President, Liam Burns, said “Nick Clegg won the trust and votes of young people and their parents by signing the pledge, but has now lost them once and for all by breaking it.”
Burns also claimed that “most parents would like to see him and every other MP who broke the pledge go before they can do any more harm to the next generation.”
— Louis M M Coiffait (@LouisMMCoiffait) December 10, 2012
Costs of university tuition fees rocketed this year with the limit of fees tripling from around £3,000 to £9,000 pounds, leaving students facing debts of over £27,000 pounds once completing their three-year degree studies.
Of the Lib Dem MP’s who broke their pledge by voting for the increases to tuition fees, the group includes current Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Chief Secretary of the Treasury, Danny Alexander and Business Secretary, Vince Cable.
Let us know what you think about the rise in tuition fees and whether you would vote for the Liberal Democrats at the next election.
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