This study examined the importance of key social issues facing African-Americans/ Blacks who are age 50 or older. It also gauged their optimism in regard to these social issues.
Key findings from the study show:
- Access to high quality health care and having a financially secure retirement are the most important issues facing age 50+ African-Americans/Blacks age 50 and older.
- The respondents are more optimistic that the country is moving in the right direction in regard to access to high quality health care.
- There is less optimism that the country is moving in the right direction in regard to having a financially secure retirement.
- Respondents age 75 and older are more optimistic than those ages 50-64 that the country is moving in the right direction about having a financially secure retirement.
Those with incomes less than $50,000 are more optimistic than those with incomes above that level that the country is moving in the right direction in regard to having a financially secure retirement.This nationally representative telephone survey of 650 African Americans/Blacks age 50+ was fielded in early February 2014. Results were weighted to reflect the national demographics of the U.S. African American/Black population.
For more information, please contact Xenia Montenegro at (202) 434-3538 or Kristin Palmer at KPalmer@aarp.org.
Gray Matters Marketing. African American/Black Social Issues Study. Washington, DC: AARP Research, June 2014. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00083.001
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