Poll: In Close Senate Races, Older Voters Lean Slightly to GOP

In 12 states with competitive Senate races, older voters lean slightly more Republican than younger voters, according to a poll for National Public Radio. But the margins are narrower than those in nationwide polls conducted a few weeks ago. In the NPR poll, likely voters ages 50 to 64 split 50 percent for Republicans and 45 percent for Democrats — and among those 65 and older, the split was 50 percent to 43 percent. Overall, voters in the 12 states …

Congressional Candidates Step Up Appeals to Older Voters

Just weeks before the midterm elections, congressional candidates across the nation are stepping up their efforts to woo older voters by zeroing in on the issues of Social Security and Medicare, especially in their campaign advertising, the New York Times reports. >> Sign up for the AARP Advocacy Newsletter “The number of television ads mentioning Social Security and Medicare in places with close congressional races testifies to the battle for retirement-age voters,” its story says, noting that older voters make …

Challenge to Texas Voter ID Law Goes to Trial

Discrimination against older voters is a focus of a trial in federal court this month over a strict voter ID law in Texas. Although the challenge to the 2011 law chiefly targets its impact on racial minorities, the opening of the case in Corpus Christi featured elderly witnesses who complained that the new requirements impose undue logistical and financial burdens on them. >> AARP Voter Education Guide   Sammie Louise Bates, who was born in 1940, said that she couldn’t …

Age Makes a Difference in This Year’s Senate Races

Recent surveys of all of this year’s Senate contests clearly show that the older voters are, the more likely they are to support Republican candidates. But the patterns vary from state to state, and some Democrats in battleground contests are doing better than others with older voters. >> AARP Voter Education Guide The results were based on more than 100,000 online interviews conducted in all 50 states from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 by YouGov of Palo Alto, Calif., for …

Cut Social Security? Say Goodbye to Older Voters

Seventy-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 Will Determine Who Wins in 2014 and 2016

Voters 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 …