AARP New York Finds Majority of Voters are 50 and Over
A report commissioned by the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) New York found that the majority of voters who participated in the August 23rd primary elections are 50 years old and over. The report showed that elderly voters cast 75% of the votes. A similar trend was reported on Long Island and every region north of the Hudson Valley.
The report also showed that during general elections, the elderly are taking initiative and exercising their right to vote. According to the report, since 2018, people the ages of 50 and over made up 77% of voters in New York state. Data from the report shows that 62% of all registered Republican voters are 50 or older, while Democrats and smaller parties see an even split between younger voters and those 50 and older. 39% of registered voters with no affiliation to a party are 50 and older.
“There is so much at stake in this fall’s midterm elections, and it’s clear the 50+ are the dominant voting bloc,” said AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel. “The 50+, who will be the deciders in next month’s elections, have provided a roadmap for candidates, and they want to count on Social Security and Medicare, lower prescription drug prices, and the ability to receive long-term care at home.”
This shows that the elderly are voting in a bid to ensure they do not experience severe hardships in their advanced age. They seek an easy life with adequate care and health.
A recently published survey of New Yorkers aged 45 and above revealed their wishes when it comes to policies as New York approaches its midterm elections. 92% said that it is “extremely” or “very important” to have sufficient Social Security benefits.
89% shared similar sentiments when it came to Medicare benefits. 80% support pharmaceutical companies charging lower Canadian prices for prescription drugs sold in New York.