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Prescription Costs Worry Older Illinois Voters

2019 Illinois Prescription Drug Survey

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AARP conducted a survey of registered voters ages 50 and older in Illinois to evaluate their current use and experience with prescription medications and to understand their thoughts regarding proposals aimed at reducing the prices of prescription drugs.

A large portion of this population is impacted by the prescription drug price issue.

  • 75 percent of registered Illinois voters ages 50 and older report that they take prescription drugs on a regular basis.
  • 60 percent say they are concerned about being able to afford the cost of prescription medication.
  • 58 percent say the price of prescription drugs is unreasonable.
  • 26 percent report not filling at least one prescription in the past two years.

This survey was conducted by American Directions Research Group on behalf of AARP. The sample of 1,200 registered voters (including an oversample of African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos) was surveyed by telephone between October 22 and November 13, 2019. 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 Illinois Prescription Drug Survey. Washington, DC: AARP Research, March 2020.