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2005 Virginia Elections: An AARP Issues Survey

AARP Member Opinion Research

With Virginia facing a major election in which a new governor and other state representatives will be chosen in 2005, this survey explores the importance to AARP members of issues concerning long-term care (LTC), transportation, payday loans and taxes, and the impact they have on voting decisions.

It found that AARP Virginia members would be more likely rather than less likely to vote for candidates for state office who support...

  • Making it easier for people to stay at home and in their communities if they choose to when they need LTC (76 percent vs.1 percent)
  • Improving consumer choice for LTC services (75 percent vs. 1 percent)
  • Expanding funding for public transportation programs particularly those serving the elderly and persons with disabilities (69 percent vs. 2 percent)
  • Giving additional state funds to local governments that cut property taxes while maintaining local services (64 percent vs. 4 percent)
  • Protecting consumers of payday loans (62 percent vs. 3 percent)

For all other members, these issues would not make a difference in their voting for candidates for state office.

The mail survey of 944 AARP members in the Old Dominion was conducted between May and June 2005. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Rachelle Cummins at 202-434-6297. (55 pages)

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