Candidates seeking a seat in Congress this November had better show older Americans they have solutions to high inflation and runaway prescription drug prices, and will protect Social Security and Medicare, according to a new AARP poll of likely voters 50-plus in the 56 most competitive races in the nation.
The results of the survey reveal a highly motivated electorate. Historically, older voters have the highest turnout numbers of any age group, especially in midterm elections.
“Americans age 50-plus are our nation’s most powerful voters — and they will be the deciders in the 2022 elections,” says Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer. “Voters 50-plus are focused on inflation, the economy and pocketbook issues. Candidates should pay close attention to their concerns.”
The AARP battleground poll was conducted by a bipartisan team of pollsters who surveyed 2,352 likely voters in 56 of the most competitive U.S. House of Representatives districts in 26 states between July 5 and 12. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
Undecided voters will be pivotal
Among the 50-plus voters polled, 11 percent say they have yet to make up their mind whom they will vote for, and those undecided voters overwhelmingly identify themselves as independents (75 percent) and moderates (52 percent).
The undecided vote in these midterm elections will be “huge,” says John Anzalone of Impact Research, the Democratic pollster who conducted the AARP poll along with the Republican polling firm of Fabrizio Ward. “In what’s going to be dozens and dozens of really close races across the country, targeting these 50-plus voters is going to be key.” Democrats hold a slim majority in the House, with Republicans needing a net gain of five seats to swing control of the chamber.