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Thursday, October 6, 2022   

New polling has revealed older Arizonans, who make up more than half the state's registered voters, are more likely to support candidates with strong positions on senior issues.

An AARP Arizona survey found voters 50 and older list Medicare and Social Security funding, inflation, abortion rights and high crime on their list of priorities.

Brendon Blake, advocacy director for AARP Arizona, said candidates who ignore issues near and dear to Arizonans age 50 and up do so at their political peril.

"Those are some of the issues that may be the deciding issues on whether or not somebody who's sort of in the middle and not really sure who to vote for," Blake explained. "If a candidate is in support of Medicare and Social Security, that is much more likely to vote for somebody."

Blake pointed out one of the top issues for seniors in Arizona is the cost and quality of the state's long-term care system, which ranks among the lowest in the country. He noted AARP has consistently pushed Arizona legislators for better funding and additional staff for the state's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

Other issues in the survey important to Arizona seniors include making homeownership for seniors more secure and creating programs to save for retirement. The survey also found a more narrow gap than normal between Democrats and Republicans on many issues important to seniors.

"People from all walks of political life want to keep Social Security and Medicare on the books," Blake reported. "They see it as something they've earned throughout their life and that they want it to be there for them."

The survey was conducted in the second week of September by bipartisan pollsters Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research. The firms interviewed 1,332 likely Arizona voters, including 500 of all ages, and 550 aged 50 and older. AARP represents more than 900,000 Arizona seniors.

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