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Philadelphia Voters 50+ Want the Next Mayor to Address Livability Concerns

Housing, health care affordability, and crime are top issues for older Philly voters.

More than half (53%) of Philadelphia voters 50-plus disapprove of the job the current mayor is doing, and nearly half (46%) disapprove of the city council's job performance. With nine out of ten Philadelphia voters age 50+ saying they are likely to vote in the upcoming primary election for mayor, the concerns of these voters are important for candidates to hear.

These voters will be considering the positions of candidates on a number of issues, including providing a reliable system that helps older Philadelphians access health and supportive services so they can age in place. In fact, six in ten voters 50 and over say they would be much more likely to vote for a candidate who will work to provide access to quality, affordable health care and supportive services for older residents.

More half (52%) have considered moving from their neighborhoods in the past year, citing concerns for their personal safety as the primary reason. Eight in ten (79%) say they would be much more likely to vote for a candidate who would work to ensure that every Philly neighborhood is safe for all residents. In addition to crime reduction, older voters want a mayor who will work to improve neighborhoods by eliminating vacant and damaged properties and improving pedestrian safety. Voters will also consider where candidates stand on affordability issues in the City, including housing, property taxes, and utilities.


This survey was conducted by Alan Newman Research, on behalf of AARP. A total of 826 telephone interviews were conducted February 8–20, 2023, with Philadelphia registered voters age 50 and over.

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Suggested citation:

Bridges, Kate. Mayoral Race Survey: 2023 AARP Survey of Philadelphia Registered Voters Age 50 and Older. Washington, DC: AARP Research, March 2023.

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