Voters 50-plus overwhelmingly are looking to elected officials to pay attention and help the tens of millions of family caregivers meet the challenges they face every day in caring for their loved ones, according to the results of a new AARP poll of likely voters in the 40 most competitive U.S. House of Representatives districts.
The survey also found that older voters are concerned about threats to America’s democracy, Social Security and Medicare, and pocketbook issues such as the economy, jobs and inflation.
The AARP poll surveyed 1,752 likely 2024 general election voters in 40 U.S. House of Representatives districts considered to be among the most competitive in the country. A bipartisan team of pollsters — Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research — conducted the survey via landline, cellphone and online from July 5 to July 11. The team polled an oversample of 50-plus voters, bringing to 1,200 the number of older voters interviewed. The survey’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.
Family caregivers a factor for 2024
The AARP survey shows that a strong majority of all likely voters and even more 50-plus voters either are family caregivers, have been a caregiver or expect to be a caregiver. AARP estimates that 53 million Americans are caregivers, and experts say these voters could become a real force in the 2024 election.
“A significant proportion of the electorate are, have been or will be family caregivers, and we know that these folks often feel overwhelmed and financially stressed,” says Nancy LeaMond, AARP’s executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer. “Listening to them, showing that you understand what they’re going through and supporting commonsense policies that can provide some relief would help candidates make real connections with these important voters.”
More family caregivers say they plan to vote Republican (49 percent) than those who will support a Democrat (38 percent). But the survey also found that 50-plus voters say Democrats are more likely (44 percent) to help seniors live independently at home as they age than Republicans (38 percent).