Thursday, December 1, 2022

Play

Access to medication is key to HIV prevention, a Florida university uses a religious exemption to disband its faculty union, plus Nevada tribes and conservation leaders praise a new national monument plan.

Play

The House passed a bill to avert a crippling railroad strike, Hakeem Jefferies is chosen to lead House Democrats, and President Biden promises more federal-Native American engagement at the Tribal Nations Summit.

Play

The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

AZ Seniors List Social Security, Long-Term Care Among Top Midterm Issues

Play

Thursday, October 6, 2022   

New polling has revealed older Arizonans, who make up more than half the state's registered voters, are more likely to support candidates with strong positions on senior issues.

An AARP Arizona survey found voters 50 and older list Medicare and Social Security funding, inflation, abortion rights and high crime on their list of priorities.

Brendon Blake, advocacy director for AARP Arizona, said candidates who ignore issues near and dear to Arizonans age 50 and up do so at their political peril.

"Those are some of the issues that may be the deciding issues on whether or not somebody who's sort of in the middle and not really sure who to vote for," Blake explained. "If a candidate is in support of Medicare and Social Security, that is much more likely to vote for somebody."

Blake pointed out one of the top issues for seniors in Arizona is the cost and quality of the state's long-term care system, which ranks among the lowest in the country. He noted AARP has consistently pushed Arizona legislators for better funding and additional staff for the state's Long-Term Care Ombudsman program.

Other issues in the survey important to Arizona seniors include making homeownership for seniors more secure and creating programs to save for retirement. The survey also found a more narrow gap than normal between Democrats and Republicans on many issues important to seniors.

"People from all walks of political life want to keep Social Security and Medicare on the books," Blake reported. "They see it as something they've earned throughout their life and that they want it to be there for them."

The survey was conducted in the second week of September by bipartisan pollsters Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research. The firms interviewed 1,332 likely Arizona voters, including 500 of all ages, and 550 aged 50 and older. AARP represents more than 900,000 Arizona seniors.

Disclosure: AARP Arizona contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, Consumer Issues, Health Issues, and Senior Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
The gold dome on the Iowa Capitol has been gilded five times. The gold leaf covering the dome is 250,000th of an inch thick and is 23.75 karats. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …


Environment

Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…

Environment

Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …


Tom Oliver, center, receives the 2022 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service. (Bruce Carlson/AARP Washington)

Social Issues

A Bellingham man who supports people with dementia has received one of the most prestigious awards for volunteerism in Washington state. The …

Social Issues

Native American tribal communities and conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as President Joe Biden announced he intends to create a new nationa…

Officials at the state's Department of Natural Resources say last year's drought in Minnesota was likely the worst one seen since 1988. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

Snow is on the ground in much of Minnesota, but the state is coming off another warm season with notable drought conditions. Those who monitor …

Environment

By Ray Levy Uyeda for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Greater Dakota News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…

Environment

The nation is beefing up its power grids for the transition to fueling everything from cars to home cooling systems with electricity, and addressing …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021