Election Poll: Older WI Residents Drive Home Message on Inflation
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Those 50 and older make up more than half of Wisconsin's registered voters, and a new statewide poll shows they want candidates to hear their concerns about issues such as inflation.
AARP's 2022 election survey found along with inflation, taxes, government spending, and protecting Social Security and Medicare are key concerns for older voters around Wisconsin.
Lisa Lamkins, advocacy director for AARP Wisconsin, said while rising consumer costs affect everyone, they are especially felt by those 50 and older, with 65% of respondents noting they are worried about their personal financial situation.
"The rising grocery prices, gas prices dipped but are going back up again, and folks who are on fixed income actually feel those hits a little bit more," Lamkins outlined. "I think that's where we can see that inflation factor really driving older voters."
As for statewide races, the poll indicated the contests for governor and U.S. Senate are tight, but Republican candidates hold a slight edge. In the race for governor, Tim Michels narrowly leads incumbent Democrat Tony Evers 50% to 47%. For the U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Ron Johnson leads Democratic challenger Mandela Barnes by five percentage points.
The two Democratic candidates do see large support among Black voters 50 and older. Meanwhile, Lamkins pointed out the survey indicates older Wisconsinites are fed up with what they think is a cold-shoulder coming out of Washington D.C.
"They think that members of Congress don't listen to people like them," Lamkins explained. "I think it really behooves politicians to pay attention and to listen especially to older voters who could truly be the difference in this election."
More than 80% of survey respondents back the sentiment about not being heard by Congress. Another 74% think the country is headed in the wrong direction, with a similar result for Wisconsin's outlook.
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