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Poll: Health, Financial Security Hold Key to NY Voters' Hearts

January 25, 2008

Syracuse, NY - New Yorkers will be headed to the polls in less than two weeks, and a new AARP poll finds voters of all ages could still change their choice for president based on where candidates stand on two major issues: health care and financial security. Even at this late date, Bill Ferris with AARP of New York says plenty of voters are willing to switch candidates.

"We polled voters over 18, and we found that more than half of the voters surveyed, 52 percent, said they would be willing to change their vote as they learned more about where the candidates stood on health care and financial security issues."

While these issues may concern New York voters, they don't seem to get a lot of play on the campaign trail. On the issue of financial security, 42 percent of New York Democrats and 50 percent of Republicans said they do not have enough information to make a judgment.

With health insurance rates climbing in New York, Bill Ferris says too many voters feel they are just an illness away from financial ruin.

"We have 2.6 million New Yorkers who are uninsured. The average family in this country has less than $35,000 in savings. We think that our elected officials need to address the issues of health care and long-term financial security, for all Americans and all New Yorkers. From our poll, we have found that people will vote for a candidate who is addressing these issues."

Ferris says AARP will be taking its non-partisan "Divided We Fail" voter information campaign from Syracuse to Rochester, Buffalo, Utica, New York City, and Long Island, as well as other parts of the state.

Michael Clifford/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NY