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New York Voters Share Prescription Drug Concerns

2019 Prescription Drug Survey: New York Registered Voters 50+

New York registered voters ages 50 and older are significantly impacted by the prescription drug price issue:

  • 84% report that they have taken prescription drugs in the past two years or live with someone who has.
  • 90% of those who report someone in the household has taken a prescription drug in the past two years also indicate medication is taken on a daily basis. 
  • 24% report not filling at least one prescription provided by their doctor in the past two years, and cost was cited most often as a factor.
  • 62% say they are concerned about the cost of their medications.
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This survey was conducted by American Directions Research Group on behalf of AARP. The sample of 1,200 registered voters ages 50 and older was surveyed by telephone between October 16, 2019, and November 5, 2019. The sample included an oversample of African Americans (n=200) and Hispanics/Latinos (n=200). The survey was conducted in English and Spanish.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Lampkin at For media inquiries, contact AARP’s Media Relations Office at

Suggested Citation:

Lampkin, Cheryl. 2019 Prescription Drug Survey: New York Registered Voters 50+. Washington, DC: AARP Research, January 2020.