The AARP Bulletin commissioned a nationwide survey in December 2008 on expectations for the new administration and Congress. The findings show that the largest percentage of respondents feel that creating a jobs program should be the top priority of Congress in 2009, followed by reforming health care.
25% of respondents said that the financing of a jobs program should be the top priority for Congress and the new administration. Of this group, 76% believed it was at least “somewhat likely” that Congress would act in 2009 to finance a jobs program.
Among the 50+ population, the financing of a jobs program was seen as a top priority by a greater percentage of AARP members (27%) than non-members (17%).
18% of respondents said health care reform should be the top priority for Congress and the new administration, with about two-thirds (67%) believing it was at least “somewhat likely” that Congress would act on this issue in 2009.
More respondents over age 50 than those between 18 and 49 believe that Congress will address their priority issues in 2009 (65% vs 61%).
Among the 50+ population, more AARP members than non-members believe that Congress will address their priority issues in 2009 (69% vs 61%).
This study was conducted for AARP by International Communications Research, an independent research company. Telephone interviews were conducted from December 4 to December 8, 2008, among a nationally representative sample of 1,020 respondents age 18 or older. For more information, contact Gerard Rainville at 202-434-6295. (9 pages)
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