WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

AARP Poll: Older Voters Bemoan Partisan Gridlock In Washington

Medicare, Social Security among biggest concerns

The biggest concerns facing older voters include Social Security, Medicare, and the ability to fund their retirement, according to a new AARP survey. But that survey also showed these voters are worried about the political gridlock in Washington.

While the issue of jobs is very important to voters of ages 50-plus, meaningful discussion of the economy must include Social Security and Medicare, says AARP Executive Vice President Nancy Leamond.

And Greg Strimple with the GS Strategy Group, who conducted the survey, says voters were not only polled on how they feel, but their intensity on each subject.

"When asked about the political gridlock in Washington, 78 percent of the 50+ audience cited that they've been negatively affected by the political gridlock," Strimple says. 

And the concerns of older voters do not appear to be entirely partisan issues. Although Republicans and Democrats have leanings toward their respective candidates, both agree that it is vital to strengthen and reform Medicare. 

When asked about shoring up Social Security, the majority agreed that neither party seems to have the right answer, and compromise in Washington will be needed to fix it.

WAMU 88.5

Dick Van Dyke: "Keep Moving"

Actor Dick Van Dyke is beloved for his roles in movie classics such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the TV series, The Dick Van Dyke Show. In a new memoir he shares his tips aging well and the value of living in the moment.


If Big Food Buys Your Favorite 'Natural' Food Brand, Will You Trust It?

Many alternative food brands have been swallowed by big food companies. Recently, Perdue bought Niman Ranch, which sells "natural" meat. But after a sale, will shoppers feel the product is the same?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.