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AARP Statement on The Harris Poll

January 19, 2009

AARP Media Relations

AARP Statement on The Harris Poll

WASHINGTON—AARP Senior Vice President Drew Nannis released this statement following today’s new results from The Harris Poll on trust and power among Washington organizations:

“We work to earn the trust of our members every day, and we’re proud that today’s poll results find AARP remains among Washington’s most trusted organizations and is the most trusted organization involved in the contentious health care reform debate.

“As an organization that has been advocating on behalf of our members for more than 50 years, we know that our leadership in tough debates like health reform won’t always be popular. Today’s results reflect that, just as they did in 2005 when we fought to protect Social Security from being privatized. We are confident that the controversy from the health reform debate will decrease in the coming years as older Americans experience the benefits that we are fighting for, including greater access to affordable health care and lower prices on prescription drugs.”

For more information on AARP’s health care reform effort, please visit

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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