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AARP NV Poll: Older Nevada voters show stronger support for Trump

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Monday, July 8, 2024   

Former President Donald Trump leads President Joe Biden by 12 points among Nevada's older voters, according to a new AARP poll.

Erin Neff, communications director for AARP Nevada, said the poll was conducted June 12-18 and added the recent lackluster debate between the two likely nominees could have an impact on support. She pointed out what really stands out from the results, and something she does not see changing, is how worried 50+ swing voters are about personal pocketbook issues, including protecting Social Security.

"Economic issues such as utility bills, housing costs and the costs for things like groceries are really driving their decisions this year," Neff reported.

Neff noted older voters are also highly concerned about immigration, coming in second place for the most important issue. She added more than a quarter of older voters in Nevada are also family caregivers, accounting for 14% of overall voters. The poll found caregivers lean Republican, 80% saying they would vote for a candidate who supports tax credits for caregivers.

Neff emphasized Nevada's 50+ voters will be a determining demographic in November's election. The poll found older voters are 92% likely to show up and vote, and Neff contends the percentage is helped by the fact the Silver State has universal mail-in ballots given to every voter, which she argues has helped increase voter participation.

"There are too many of them and they are voting at a rate of 92%, so the candidates better listen," Neff asserted. "From president to Senate and all the way down to legislative races, these candidates better listen to what our voters are saying."

Neff stressed swing voters are the reason why all eyes will be on the Silver State come November. She added the poll found roughly 15% of the vote is going to someone who is not named Trump or Biden, which could be good news for other candidates such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Disclosure: AARP Nevada contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, Consumer Issues, Health Issues, and Senior Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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