More than four-fifths of the public say they are concerned about charities having to close their services as a result of the economic downturn, according to a survey by research organisation nfpSynergy.
In the survey of 1,000 people, carried out in January, 82 per cent said they were concerned about charities closing their services.
Among people who had donated to charity in the previous three months, the proportion concerned rose to 86 per cent.
Seventy-nine per cent of respondents said they were worried about charities not being able to raise enough money during the economic downturn.
Rebecca Molyneux, a researcher at nfpSynergy, said: "The Conservatives have called for a ‘big society', but this data reveals the depth of public concern about charities' ability to step up and deliver services.
"Charities could harness public concern to raise funds and mobilise support."