A Small Measure of Voter Dissatisfaction

Are older voters as angry as they were in 2010, when they formed the backbone of the Tea Party? Listening to an NPR report from a debate-watching party in Oracle, Ariz., on Feb. 20, you might not think so. At least not at first. Fifteen members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club  gathered in their retirement community, which, according to the developer’s website, offers “a country club lifestyle that can best be described as breathtaking.” The partiers weren’t really representative of …

Romney Gets Shot of Adrenaline From Florida’s Older Voters

Florida (hearts) Mitt Romney. Especially older voters, who powered a definitive Romney victory over Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential primary. Seven in 10 Florida primary voters were 50-plus. In the 50-64 age group, Romney won 44 percent to Gingrich’s 34 percent. In the 65-plus group, Romney’s victory was even more pronounced, 51 percent to 34 percent. Maybe Florida primary voters loved what Romney said about Medicare and Social Security, two lifelines in a state where 18 percent of the …

The Takeaway: What Wasn’t Said at the Florida Debate (Hint: Much of Anything About Older Americans)

Many political commentators felt disappointed by last night’s Republican presidential debate in Florida. Moderator Brian Williams seemed to stop the candidates whenever serious policy talk got underway in favor of fluff questions about electability, horse race hoopla and a seemingly random barrage of hypotheticals (what if Fidel Castro died? what would you have done about Terri Schiavo?). But in a state where about 40 percent of the population is 50 or older, and one in six citizens is 65+, the candidates spent surprisingly little time talking about issues of import to older Americans.

The Takeaway: Senior Support Could Drive Romney Win In Florida; Joe Paterno Dies

The next GOP primary is in Florida, home to a lot of older voters. Some folks say this makes the state an easy win for Mitt Romney, of whom older voters have historically been fond. But as we saw in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich also holds presidential appeal with both the boomer and the 65+ sets.

The Takeaway: Romney Takes New Hampshire; Online Tools Estimate Life Expectancy

Older voters propelled Mitt Romney to victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary. A new website provides interactive tools for assessing likelihood to die. And ‘virtual villages’ are helping older adults who need a little assistance around the home or with completing routine errands.

Older voters in New Hampshire close ranks behind Romney

Powered by older voters, Mitt Romney won an unmistakable nod of approval from New Hampshire in the GOP presidential sweepstakes. In a state with a history of primary surprises, the former Massachusetts governor breathed a sigh of relief when the votes were counted. He won 40 percent, comfortably higher than his 31.5 percent showing in 2008 when he was runner-up to John McCain. Fifty-six percent of GOP primary voters were over 50 years old, and 4 in 10 of those …