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AARP Maryland Member Opinion Survey

AARP Member Opinion Research

This mail survey of 988 AARP members in Maryland explores their concerns, legislative priorities, preferences for hearing from AARP, and volunteer experiences. Among its findings:

  • The safety of pension benefits and retirement savings is an extreme concern for 80 percent of those surveyed while 75 percent are extremely concerned about access to affordable prescription drugs
  • Affordable prescription drugs and the availability, cost, and quality of health care are the top two legislative priorities.
  • Members would most likely use written information sent by AARP, and they want to hear from AARP by mail.
  • In the last year, 37 percent of members have volunteered; half have volunteered for a religious organization.
  • Members' volunteer activities include fund-raising (42%) and organizing events (34%), and helping people (59%) and a commitment to a cause or belief (54%) are the reasons they give for volunteering.

The mail survey took place from October through December 2002. The report was prepared by Erica Dinger who may be contacted at 202/434-6176 for further information. (48 pages)

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