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Common Ground on the Future: The Opinions of AARP Members in the State of Colorado and in Colorado's 7th Congressional District

AARP Member Opinion Research

Critical issues in the upcoming mid-term elections are examined in these reports of two June 2006 telephone surveys of AARP members across the state of Colorado and in Colorado's 7th Congressional District.

Of those surveyed...

About seven in ten feel that things in this country have gotten off on the wrong track.

CO: 71 percent (Democrats-92%, Independents-77%, Republicans-37%)

CD#7: 69 percent (Democrats-92%, Independents-73%, Republicans-43%)

For each of the following issues, the opinion given is shared by a majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in the surveys:

across the state...

  • 77% consider AARP a trusted source of information about issues in the upcoming election for Governor.

  • 85% would support the Colorado Medicaid program's joining a multi-state purchasing pool to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Medicaid recipients.

  • 67% support changing the TABOR Amendment to increase state funds for long-term care services that would keep seniors at home and independent.

  • 70% would support a Social Security plan that provides guaranteed benefits to future generations by balancing additional contributions from higher income workers with modest reductions in future benefits.

in Congressional District 7...

  • 68% would support a Social Security plan that provides guaranteed benefits to future generations by balancing additional contributions from higher income workers with modest reductions in future benefits.

  • 90% support allowing Medicare to use its bargaining power to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs.

  • 67% support a shared approach whereby government and individuals pay for long-term care.

During June 2006, telephone interviews of randomly selected AARP members in Colorado (400 across the state and 403 in Colorado's 7th Congressional District) were conducted for AARP by Woelfel Research, Inc. The reports of the Colorado surveys were written by Terri Guengerich. For more information about the surveys, contact Joanne Binette of AARP Knowledge Management at 202-434-6303.

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