ATLANTA–Today, AARP Georgia released key findings from a 2022 election survey that shows candidates for Governor and U.S. Senate should pay close attention to Georgians age 50 and over, with issues such as the economy and inflation top of mind for these voters.
Georgians 50+ are a crucial voting bloc, consistently showing up to the polls and making a key difference in election outcomes in Georgia. In the state’s 2018 mid-term elections, the 50+ made up nearly 55% of the electorate.
In a rematch of the 2018 gubernational race, Gov. Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams 52% to 45% among all likely voters. Kemp holds a larger advantage (56% - 41%) among 50+ voters. In the race for U.S. Senate, Sen. Raphael Warnock holds a 50% to 47% lead over Herschel Walker, but Walker has a narrow lead (52% - 46%) among voters 50 and older.
There is a large gender gap in both races. Gov. Kemp leads by 27% among men, and Abrams is ahead by 11% among women. Sen. Warnock leads by 19% among women voters, while Walker is 17-points ahead among men.
“Georgia voters 50 and over are a critical voting demographic that all candidates are competing for in this midterm election,” said Debra Tyler Horton, State Director, AARP Georgia. “With the price of necessities like gas, groceries and prescription drugs skyrocketing, Georgians want their leaders to provide solutions to inflation and the rising cost of living. The message is clear, if candidates want to win, they should pay attention to the issues that matter to Georgians 50-plus.”
The survey also found:
- A significant majority (88%) think the country is headed in the wrong direction, while 59% think the same about the direction of the state. 87% believe Members of Congress don't listen to them.
- Just 34% of voters overall say the economy is working well for them, with inflation and the economy the biggest issues in both the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.
- 90% of voters 50+ say they are extremely motivated to vote in November’s election.
AARP commissioned the bipartisan polling team of Fabrizio Ward & Impact Research to conduct a survey. The firms interviewed 1,197 likely Georgia voters, which includes a statewide representative sample of 500 likely voters, with an oversample of 550 likely voters age 50 and older and an additional oversample of 147 Black likely voters age 50 and older, between July 5-11, 2022. The interviews were conducted via landline, cellphone, and SMS-to-web. The margin of sampling error for the 500 statewide sample is ±4.4%; for the 815 total sample of voters 50+ is ±3.4%; for the 400 total sample of Black voters 50+ is ±4.9%.
For more information on how, when and where to vote in Georgia, visit aarp.org/GAVotes.
About AARP 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.