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Cut Social Security? Say Goodbye to Older Voters

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsSeventy-nine years after its creation, Social Security remains a vital key to Americans’ retirement security. And with the 2014 elections less than three months away, strengthening the program is a top priority for older voters, according to a new AARP survey of voters 50 and older. The message to candidates is clear: Stop treating Social Security like a line item in a budget. Older voters have earned their benefits through a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system. …

Older Voters Split in Terms of Party ID

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhile a new Gallup Poll finds that voters 65 and older have moved from “a reliably Democratic to a reliably Republican group” over the past two decades, voters in the next-oldest age bracket — 50 to 64 — haven’t followed suit and still show an outright preference for the Democratic Party. In analyzing its own survey results from 2013, 2003 and 1993, Gallup concludes that the shifts in party preferences are attributable in part to attitudinal changes that come into …

Older Voters Will Determine Who Wins in 2014 and 2016

Posted on 02/3/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsVoters age 50-plus decide elections. They turn out to the polls at a much higher rate than voters of any other age group, particularly for non-presidential years. And, at this point, they’re up for grabs. Neither party today has a clear advantage. One reason: Older voters are shifting back to the center, with a mere 1-point advantage separating Republicans from Democrats, according to an Economist/YouGov poll. Another reason: Boomers. Yes, the last of the generation born between 1946 and 1964 …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at Futurity.org) 2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at …

How Will Older Voters Lean in 2014?

Posted on 07/24/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOlder voters are hot commodities as both parties gear up for next year’s mid-term elections. After all, they tend to vote in disproportionately higher numbers, especially in midterm elections. Though traditionally identified as Democratic, the group voted heavily Republican in the 2010 midterm and, to a lesser extent, in 2012. But recent surveys by a Democratic polling firm might show early signs of the pendulum swinging back, political analyst Charlie Cook writes for the National Journal. In the most recent …

The Takeaway: Older Adults Disenfranchised Under New Voter ID Laws

Posted on 07/19/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayNew voter identification laws in 10 states could make it difficult for millions of Americans to cast ballots, according to a new report from New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. Older adults and minorities are especially likely to be left out: About 18 percent of Americans 65 and older, 25 percent of blacks and 16 percent of Hispanics lack the type of ID required by the new voting laws.