PP research shows government polies on triple lock and state pension age review are most likely to fall away.
This week 99 respondents took part in Pensins Buzz and answered questions heavily focused on the general election.
The Tory policy most under threat as a result of the general election is the triple lock and the state pension age review, according to 70%.
This is followed by 11% who worried work on the defined benefit (DB) green paper could stall, while 7% believed making it a criminal offence to deliberately underfund DB plans could lose traction. Some 6% thought that enhancing the watchdog's powers to block mergers and acquisitions could be under threat, and another 6% said there would be other areas.
A commentator said the policy to ditch the triple lock was the "most political" and was the pension measure that did "most damage to the Tory campaign".
Another said it most visible and contributed to loss of confidence of older voters, another added.
Among the 11% who thought the DB green paper would lose steam, a pundit said: "Brexit negotiations will halt a lot of perceived less important work."
Some of the other areas of concern respondents talked about were the winter fuel payment and social care.
Just under half (49%) said the government should not introduce an arbitrary cap on the length of scheme recovery plans as it would put sponsors at risk and be a sign of excessive regulation.
A pundit said: "It's the job of the trustees to agree to a plan that is realistic and anyway, how would the government decide what the cap should be? Scheme specific funding should be just that."
Another asked: "Scheme finding is by its nature a long term process. How can you cap it at anything other than the death of the last beneficiary?"
However, a third disagreed and argued there should be a definite limit with those surveyed settling on 15 to 20 years.
"If The Pensions Regulator believes they are unrealistic they should have the power to demand a rethink and ultimately enforce recovery," said one.
Just under a fifth (18%) was undecided. "Needs a more nuanced view based on individual circumstances," another said.
A sizeable segment of 44% thought a general election is likely over the next year.
Nearly a quarter (25%) believed it is very likely, 16% were undecided while 8% said it was unlikely and another 8% said very unlikely.
A respondent said they could not see how the government could survive with such a small majority based on the support of a fringe party like the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Another remarked: "Lame ducks tend to get caught by foxes. Especially foxes called Boris."
For those who believe the election is very likely to materialise, a commentator said: "This forced ‘friends with benefits' will not last too long - the one time the DUP may support an abortion!"
Of those who said it was unlikely, one thought a change of prime minister is more probable than another election.
Another said: "Very unlikely is my sincere wish and hope that politicians rise above politics to work in the best ‘economic interest' of the country. A naive hope I suspect with three different political views of ‘best interest'."
The higher youth turnout at the general election will not make any difference to how pensions policy is formulated, according to 50%.
However, 24% said it would shape policy positively, 11% replied it would influence policy badly while 15% sat on the fence.
A pundit said: "Before it can make a difference the young have to take ownership of the whole subject of pensions and what it means to them."
Among those who thought it will have positive influence, one said: "Don't assume the young don't understand about pensions, or care about them."
Conversely, among those who argued the young would have a negative influence, one said: "Far too many 'young' people have grown up expecting somebody else to provide for them."
In this question put forward by a Pensions Buzz respondent, those surveyed gave very different answers about what percentage of the population understands tax relief.
The highest percentage of respondents - one in eight - thought 6%-10% of the public comprehend tax relief while 14% replied either a fifth to a quarter or nearly half get it.
One commentator said: "A great question! My answer is based off how many people I usually see paying money to maximise matching contributions from their employer (30-40%) - which is typically worth far more than tax relief. I guess fewer people appreciate tax relief, hence I've answered 25%."
A more pessimistic person stated: "Experience suggests it is very low. Very little appreciation - even among higher rate tax-payers."
Affordability rather than pension tax relief is the issue that guides most people's decision as to whether or not they join a scheme, another added.
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