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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 …

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 …

Congress — The Branch of Government Everyone Loves to Hate

Posted on 08/15/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsEverybody hates Congress. Not exactly a news flash, is it? These days the frustration with — and outright dislike of — Congress is accepted background not only for the voting public, but also for lots of congressional candidates, who routinely disparage the performance of the government they hope to join. But there’s also evidence that voters 50 and older, in particular, are just plain fed up with government. And that dynamic could have an impact on close races this fall. …

So You Think Older Voters Know What They’re Talking About?

Posted on 08/15/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOlder voters. What do they know? More than younger voters, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. On nearly every of a dozen questions the center posed to registered voters, people 50 and older answered correctly more often than 18- to 34-year-olds. Voters 50 and older did best in knowing basic facts about the White House and the presidential candidates. A full 87 percent, for example, could identify Joe Biden as …

Older Voters Blame Washington Gridlock for Economic Woes

Posted on 08/8/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBoomers are so disgusted with our stubborn political leaders that they blame them more often than they blame the economy  for their own precarious personal finances. I was amazed to learn from a new AARP survey that 78 percent of people aged 50-plus feel that Washington gridlock has harmed their money situation compared with 77 percent who cited the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The prolonged political stalemate, and growing concerns over retirement security, drove up an “Anxiety Index” that …

In the Show-Me State, Older Voters Don’t Feel So Secure About Social Security

Posted on 07/25/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSusan Milligan has been visiting six Election 2012 battleground states to talk with 50-plus voters for a report that will be published in the September issue of the AARP Bulletin. She posted this from Missouri. It’s easy to see why retired and semi-retired people find Columbia, Mo., so appealing. As a university town, it carries a certain aura of intellectualism and energy. It has independent bookstores, charming cafes and lots to do for a city its size. But some voters …