For this overview of the concerns, interests, and legislative issue priorities of AARP members in North Dakota, a random sample of 1,321 members were surveyed by mail. Their responses revealed that:
- Their top concerns include the safety and security of their retirement savings (72 percent), having access to affordable prescription drugs (64 percent), staying independent as they age (62 percent), and having Social Security as a retirement base (61 percent).
- They think AARP's top legislative priorities should be the cost of health care (70 percent), having access to affordable prescription drugs (66 percent), the quality of health care (61 percent), and the availability of health care (55 percent).
- Almost two-thirds (65 percent) support changing existing state law to allow people to collect Social Security and unemployment benefits simultaneously. Another 64 percent think it is important for AARP North Dakota to work to change state law regarding Social Security and unemployment benefits.
The survey was conducted between February and March 2004 by FGI, Inc., and the report prepared by David Cicero of AARP Knowledge Management. (35 pages)