With one day before polls open in the mid-term elections, voter turnout will likely make the difference in close races. An AARP survey released today shows nearly 9 out of 10 of voters 42 and over (boomer+ voters) say they will be casting their ballots, however many are still undecided when it comes to their choices for the U.S. House and Senate.
“Boomer+ voters are paying attention and planning on voting,” said David Sloane, Senior Managing Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for AARP. “But many are still looking for greater clarity on the issues before making their final decision.”
The final in a series of weekly pre-election surveys, “AARP Election Watch: Pulse of a Generation” found that over the past two months, the percentage of boomer+ voters that have given quite a lot of thought to the election has jumped 21 percent, from 38 percent in late August to 59 percent in late October.
However, all of that attention doesn’t mean that candidates have locked up their vote. The survey shows that on the eve of the election, 45 percent have yet to make a decision on who to support for the U.S. House and 38 percent have yet to choose a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
“Despite all of the negative personal attacks flooding the airwaves, people are telling us that they care more about where their candidates stand on the issues rather than the candidates personal qualities,” noted Sloane. “A great deal of the ‘undecideds’ are probably due to the confusion about where candidates stand on big issues, such as Social Security solvency and affordable, accessible health care.”
Voters looking for clarity on candidates positions can review candidates’ unedited responses to AARP Voters’ Guide at www.aarp.org/issues.
In addition to the weekly voter participation tracking, each survey examines an issue of the week. This week looked at fiscal responsibility and government spending. The survey indicated that boomer+ voters are warily watching the rising budget deficit. In fact, 83 percent of those surveyed reported the rising budget deficit will be a serious consideration in their voting decision tomorrow.
The complete set of “AARP Election Watch: Pulse of a Generation” election surveys can be found at http://www.aarp.org/research/legis-polit/elections/pulse_2006.html.
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