Will Online Voter Registration Go National?

While several states continue legal wrangling over how voters must prove their identity at the polls, a new bill in Congress aims to make it easier for millions of eligible voters to at least register. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York filed legislation Sept. 18 that would require all states to offer online voter registration and set national standards for how they do it. Only 22 states now have some form of online voter registration; five other states have …

Poll: Nearly half of adults 50+ are currently trying to lose weight

Recently, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals–the largest category by far. We’ve found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50th birthdays, losing …

Resolutions poll: Are you keeping your goals?

It’s February of a new year, and for many that means starting to see some results from those January resolutions. And for some others…perhaps it means starting to slip on those January resolutions. How have you guys been doing? I don’t do resolutions myself, and somewhat to my surprise, I am not alone. In fact, I’m in the majority! According to an AARP survey we conducted in December, only 37% of US adults say they set goals at the beginning …

What Is a ‘Real’ Vacation?

This would seem to be an easy question, but I think many of us would define “vacation” differently. For some it’s simply days off - not being at work. For others a true vacation means getting away – traveling – to someplace different than home. I’ve encountered many folks who regularly do not take any vacation. Workers accrue unused vacation days, their firms do not let them roll them over to the next year, and they just let them expire. I …

Does the Fiscal Cliff Deal Pass Your Muster?

President Barack Obama came out of the fiscal cliff battles with the public relations victory, but it’s a bit like winning the blue ribbon at the county fair with a pig so stinky no one even wants to look at it. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 3-6 among 1,003 adults, finds that 48 percent approve of Obama’s handling of the year-end negotiations, while only 19 percent approve of …

Are You Losing Faith in the American Dream?

When it comes to the question of young people having a better life than their parents, older Americans are short on confidence in the American dream. Just 49 percent of American adults think that today’s youth are likely to have a better life than their parents, down from 66 percent in 2008, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. And only 45 percent of Americans 55 and older believe that life will be better for today’s youth. Susan MacManus, a …