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AARP 2018 Mid-Term Voter Issues Survey: Registered Likely Voters Age 50 and Older

The 2018 Mid-Term Voter Issues Survey provides opinion data from registered likely voters age 50 and older. Topics include approval/disapproval of the President and Congress; importance of a variety of issues when making voting decisions in the upcoming November election; and support/opposition regarding a variety of topics like health care/Medicare, tax reform, caregiving, and age discrimination.

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Among the key findings of this survey, registered likely voters age 50 and older:

  • often worry about how divided America and Americans have become.
  • believe that the candidates' positions on lowering health care costs, strengthening and reforming Social Security and Medicare, and  lowering prescription drug costs are very important.
  • support  requiring drug companies to contribute more to close the Medicare Part D coverage gap.
  • agree that it is unfair to make those with pre-existing conditions to pay more for their health care.
  • agree that older Americans should be just as strongly protected from age discrimination as they are from discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion.

Data were collected by Alan Newman Research between July 7 and July 18, 2018. ANR conducted a total of 802 telephone interviews in English of registered likely voters age 50 and older. All data were weighted by education, race/ethnicity, age, gender, and census division according to Current Population Survey statistics provided by AARP. ​For more information, contact Rachelle Cummins at For media inquiries, please contact