Voters favor candidates who support a plan for National Health Care
Coverage…AARP 'Election Watch' poll finds voters support minimum
health care benefits
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /U.S. Newswire/ --
More than three quarters (77 percent) of those likely to go to polls
in November say they are likely to vote for a candidate who supports
a plan for national health care coverage, finds a new election poll
commissioned by AARP.
As the mid-term election
nears, AARP has been polling baby boomer-age and older
voters on the issues its members have indicated they want to
hear about in national and state political debate.
"Health care has become less
affordable and less accessible," explained David Sloane, senior
managing director of government relations for AARP. "The voter
anxiety reflected in this poll is the result of a system that is
inefficient, at the mercy of uncontrollable costs and is leaving
tens of millions of people without health insurance."
The AARP poll measured
opinions of likely voters age 42 and above. It found that
nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) agree that the federal
government should see that everyone has at least minimum
health insurance benefits. The greatest numbers of
respondents who support minimum benefits are boomer voters
(ages 51 to 60). That same age cohort remains largely
undecided with 61 percent saying they have yet to decide who
they will vote for.
Health care is a top concern among
this group of highly active voters, and AARP wants voters to have
better information on candidates' views on health care issues. The
"AARP Election Watch" poll found that 86 percent of the respondents
claim they will vote in November. AARP is sending an important
message to voters this fall, "Don't Vote -- until you know where the
candidates stand." The leading organization for Americans age 50 and
above is helping its members learn the facts by posting links to
candidate Web sites and AARP voter guides at
In addition to AARP voter guides
in which the candidates express their positions in their own,
unedited, words, AARP has co-sponsored gubernatorial candidate
forums on health care in many states.
"AARP Election Watch: Pulse of a
Generation" polled 1,501 ages 42 and over. It was conducted between
Sept. 25 and Oct. 1. Now through Election Day, Election Watch polls
will be released weekly. Next week's poll will examine another
important health care issue long-term care.
Full copies of this and
other AARP "Election Watch: Pulse of a Generation" polls, can be