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Legislative Issues in Maryland: A Survey of Self-Identified Registered Voters Age 50 Plus

With approximately a month to go before they would be casting their votes in the 2006 midterm election, 802 self-identified age 50+ registered Maryland voters were asked by AARP to discuss their views pertaining to state legislative issues — and how these might affect how they vote.

When asked about crime...

  • 89 percent consider it important for the state to make communities safer by reducing crime, and 67 percent would be more likely to vote for candidates supporting initiatives to enable this (more female than male respondents rated reducing crime as “extremely or very important”)

...about economic security...

  • 83 percent say their energy costs have increased over the past three years, and 74 percent think the state should regulate energy costs and production to prevent dramatic price increases
  • 75 percent support a state retirement savings plan

...about health care and supportive services...

  • 79 percent say it is important that the state make health care affordable and accessible to all Maryland residents, and 72 percent are more likely to vote for candidates supporting such a plan
  • 82 percent consider it extremely or very important for the state to make prescription drugs more affordable, and 73 percent would be more likely to vote for a candidate supporting this
  • 73 percent consider increasing state funding to services that help people stay in their own homes and communities as they age important, and 66 percent would support like-minded candidates

This telephone survey of 802 Maryland self-identified age 50+ registered voters was conducted for AARP by Alan Newman Research, Inc. from October 3rd through 16th, 2006. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting its author, Erica Dinger, at 202-434-6176. (24 pages)

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