FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 19, 2022
Matt Holmes, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-870-3785
AARP Poll: Majority of Georgians Support More Protections for People Age 50 and Over
ATLANTA-AARP Georgia released new polling data today showing that Georgians of all ages and political stripes are more likely to support candidates who are paying attention to the concerns of residents age 50 and over ahead of November’s elections. The polling, conducted by the bipartisan team of Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research, shows that issues surrounding Medicare, Social Security and nursing home care have broad interest among Georgia voters.
“We hear from Georgians about these issues every day,” said Debra Tyler Horton, AARP Georgia State Director. “These poll numbers crystallize what we’ve been hearing, and they send a clear message to the candidates running for office that they need to show a willingness to work on behalf of Georgia’s 50+ community.”
Among the federal issues, avoiding cuts to Social Security and Medicare drew 90 percent support from likely voters. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said they would be more likely to vote for a U.S. Senate candidate who supported allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.
When asked about state issues affecting the 50+, those surveyed were nearly as resolute. Nearly 80 percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate for governor who backed a family caregiver tax credit. When asked about candidate support for preserving the Elder Abuse Law, which protects nursing home residents by defining minimum staffing requirements at facilities, 85 percent polled said they would be more likely to vote for a gubernatorial candidate who supported the law. Eighty-eight percent said they would be more likely to support a candidate who pushed for increased funding for home care for seniors.
The poll, conducted from July 5-11, showed Governor Brian Kemp leading Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams 52 percent to 45 percent among all voters. Senator Rafael Warnock has a 50-47 edge over Herschel Walker. For an in-depth look at the poll and all of its findings, visit aarp.org/voter polls22.
For more information on how, when and where to vote in Georgia, visit aarp.org/GAVotes.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org, www.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP, @AARPenEspanol @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.