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AARP Survey of Virginia Registered Voters Age 50+ on Consumer Loans, Housing Discrimination, Long-Term Care, Medicaid Expansion and Utilities

The AARP Virginia State Office commissioned a survey of 800 registered voters age 50 and older in Virginia on important election issues:  Medicaid expansion, long-term care, electric utilities, consumer loans and housing discrimination.

The survey finds that:

  • Many (54%) Virginia registered voters age 50+ support expanding Medicaid to cover adults with no children and who earn up to $15,000 a year.

  • The majority (69%) of Virginia registered voters age 50+ supports dedicating a larger proportion of Medicaid long-term care funds to home and community-based care and a smaller proportion to institutional care.

  • The majority (65%) of Virginia registered voters age 50+ opposes making time-of-use rate plans mandatory for electric utility consumers.

  • Many (48%) Virginia registered voters age 50+ support prohibiting lenders of “open-ended” loans from charging interest rates above 36 percent. 

  • The majority (67%) of Virginia registered voters age 50+ says that landlords should not be allowed to refuse to rent to people whose main source of income comes from Social Security or vouchers from state or federal government. 

These results are based on a telephone survey fielded June 25 to June 29, 2013 with Virginia registered voters age 50 and older. A total of 800 interviews were completed. The data in this report have been weighted to reflect the age and gender of the population of registered voters age 50+ in Virginia. 

For more information, contact Joanne Binette at 202-434-6303.

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