A lately launched ballot commissioned by AARP Florida exhibits Donald Trump main Joe Biden amongst Florida voters age 50-plus, 50 p.c to 47 p.c – however that could be a a lot nearer margin than how Trump fared with seniors towards Hillary Clinton 4 years in the past within the Sunshine State, in accordance with exit polls.
And amongst voters 65 and older within the Sunshine State, the brand new survey exhibits Biden main Trump, 49 p.c to 48 p.c.
Exit polls from 2016 had Donald Trump besting Clinton by 13 factors amongst Florida voters between the ages of 45-64, and by 17 factors amongst voters 65 and older.
Trump’s polling erosion with senior voters in Florida was additionally captured in a ballot taken final week by an NBC Information/Marist survey, which had Biden up over Trump by a single level, 49 p.c to 48 p.c.
The AARP commissioned Benenson Technique Group and GS Technique Group to conduct the survey. They contacted 1,203 doubtless voters age 50 and older between August 30 and September 8, and has a projected 2.5 p.c margin of error.
Listed here are a few of the highlights from the survey:
75 p.c of 50-plus Florida voters are anxious there will likely be cuts to Social Safety to pay for brand new spending and the funds disaster.
48 p.c are anxious they gained’t be capable of afford the well being care that they or they household want.
58 p.c are anxious about getting the coronavirus.
82 p.c will assist candidates who favor growing protections on nursing dwelling residents in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
83 p.c additionally favor elected officers who will assist making accessible high quality, reasonably priced long-term care choices, together with for dwelling care and nursing houses.
“I think that one of the things that is really valuable for campaigns to remember is that these issues – Social Security and Medicare, the cost of prescription drugs, are ones that are recurring every cycle,” says Jeff Johnson, the state director with the Florida AARP.
“Our voters want to know what the candidates want to do about these things, and about what they’ve done and what they plan to do,” Johnson added. “And that happens across party lines. So it doesn’t matter what your party affiliation is. You care about the long-term future of Social Security. You care about keeping health care costs down, both thru the Medicare program, as well as through prescription drugs. And given that older voters cast the majority of votes here in Florida, it just makes sense for campaigns to be paying as much attention as possible to those issues.”
Donna Lukas, 75, has lived on the Prime of the World retirement complicated in Clearwater for eight years. She says she’s very involved about Social Safety, which makes up a big a part of her earnings.
A Democrat, Lukas says her greatest concern is one thing that wasn’t captured within the AARP ballot: America’s fame world wide, “especially in our inept handling of the coronavirus.”
“Other countries are doing so much better than we are, despite what Donald Trump is saying,” she says.
One fascinating tidbit from the survey: When doubtless voters age 50 and above have been requested if a vaccine for Covid-19 got here out inside the subsequent couple of months, how assured would they be that it was protected and efficient, solely 46 p.c stated they have been assured, whereas 53 p.c stated weren’t assured.
However when requested if the vaccine got here out early subsequent 12 months, 69 p.c stated they’d really feel assured to take it, whereas simply 30 p.c stated they’d not be assured.
“If a vaccine came out this fall, I wouldn’t take it,” Lukens advised Spectrum Bay Information 9. “The reason is because of the fast track for the vaccine. I’m very concerned about that.”
And simply because the ballot signifies, Lukens says that if and when a vaccine is out there in 2021, she will certainly take it.