The Power of the 50+ Voter

“The polls got it wrong.” We hear this a lot when election outcomes don’t match pre-vote predictions.  But what about the exit polls – the Election Day surveys that pollsters and pundits use to tell us what really happened? Turns out, there is a lot those tallies miss – particularly when it comes to older voters. AARP commissioned an analysis by Echelon Insights of how many people in different age groups actually voted last November using what campaign pros call …

50+ Voters and the 2016 Election

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election took many people by surprise. I’ve spent a fair amount of time listening to experts analyze the election results over the past week. There are almost as many explanations as there are pundits . . . the rural vote came out in droves for President-elect Trump; Secretary Clinton didn’t turn out the “Obama Coalition”; votes to third-party candidates swung states one way or the other. All of those analyses are valid to a …

Election Protection: 5 Voter Scams to Avoid

In this homestretch to the Nov. 8 elections, expect a hard push from scammers posing as pollsters, political party staffers or PAC officials in tongue-twisting ploys to pilfer your money and identity. Getting cash or sensitive information through election scams is more conceivable than with other schemes. Phones can ring legitimately, since Do Not Call Registry rules allow pollsters, politicians and charities to contact you. And, of course, caller ID can be easily spoofed. Campaign workers are going door to door, …

Social Security Celebrates 81 Years!

Today, Social Security turns 81 years old. That’s a birthday we celebrate with pride — and I hope you take a minute to sign our birthday card! But it’s also a timely reminder that action is needed. If our leaders fail to update Social Security, future retirees could face benefit cuts of nearly 25 percent. Think about that! A cut that large would send shock waves around the country. It would hurt millions of people and push many into poverty. …

Fighting for You on the Front Lines

AARP Opens Field Offices in Seven States During the past week, I was excited to see our Take a Stand field offices in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia host inaugural activities to officially kick off their efforts to get candidates to take a stand on Social Security during this high-profile election season. It was great having hundreds of AARP volunteers, community leaders and state staff join together for productive discussions on why Social Security is essential …

Correct the Record on Social Security

It’s time to set the record straight on Donald Trump and Social Security. The leading Republican candidate has yet to come out with a real plan, and the clock is ticking. Recently on ABC’s “This Week”, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tried to defend Trump and direct attention elsewhere:  “No one else has a plan on Social Security,” Christie claimed. “So why aren’t we testing all these other candidates, as well?…” With all due respect, Christie’s remarks were misleading. Since …