facebook linkedin twitter

Battleground States Voters Age 50 and Over Still Closely Divided on Election

September 10, 2020 by Reece Nations
American democracy on display in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. (Photo by Dan McCue)

Two sets of public opinion surveys commissioned by AARP across 11 key battleground states found a majority of likely voters aged 50 and older plan to cast their ballots either absentee or during the early voting period this election cycle.

AARP’s poll also found similar levels of support among likely voters in the 50-plus demographic for the candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump. The voters were contacted and surveyed “in the days leading up to and after Labor Day” and asked “who they would select for president if the election were held then.”

Voters were surveyed by AARP in the following states: Arizona; Colorado; Georgia; Florida; Iowa; Maine; Michigan; Montana; North Carolina; Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Most likely voters in all 11 of the states indicated they were not planning on casting their ballot on election day. Respondents said they “plan to vote either via absentee ballot or in person during the early voting period” 75% of the time in Arizona, 61% in Florida and North Carolina, and 59% in Michigan.

Concerns regarding reductions to U.S. Postal Service operations persist among a majority of voters in Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maine and Montana. The respondents indicated they worried USPS service reductions might “prevent their votes from being counted in November.”

“If you look at historical trends, this is a big shift in how people are going to vote,” John Hishta, AARP’s senior vice president of campaigns, said in a statement. “When candidates address constituencies like ours, they need to do it now because people are already starting to vote.”

Biden is ahead of Trump 50% to 46%, respectively, among voters over age 50 in Pennsylvania, according to AARP. President Trump leads among voters aged 50 and older in Florida by a margin of 50% to 47%, 48% to 46% in Iowa, and 48% to 47% in Montana.

Biden’s lead margins were highest among Colorado and Maine voters, at 50% to 40% and 54% to 40%, respectively. Biden also leads in the 50-plus demographic 50% to 46% in Wisconsin, a key battleground state won by Trump in 2016.

Trump’s largest lead margin among all likely voters was 50% to 43% in Montana, according to the poll. Biden and Trump are virtually tied among all likely voters in North Carolina, Georgia and Arizona.

“The election will be decided in a handful of battleground states, and AARP’s survey results show that either candidate can win,” Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer, said in a statement. “One thing that isn’t in doubt is that 50+ voters will cast the majority of ballots. So, candidates need to address their concerns if they want to get across the goal line.”

Opinion Polls

October 11, 2021
by Dan McCue
Americans’ Trust in Media Continues to Slide

WASHINGTON – Americans’ trust in the news media continues to plummet, dropping four percentage points from last year’s already low... Read More

WASHINGTON – Americans’ trust in the news media continues to plummet, dropping four percentage points from last year’s already low 36%, a new Gallup poll has found. The poll, which was released last week also found the media continues to be a decidedly politically polarizing issue... Read More

September 20, 2021
by TWN Staff
Voters Tell Pollster Out-of-Pocket Costs and Limits of Coverage Most Concerning Issue

Most voters in the district represented by Rep. Marilyn Strickland support fiscal responsibility and want Congress to take a bipartisan... Read More

Most voters in the district represented by Rep. Marilyn Strickland support fiscal responsibility and want Congress to take a bipartisan approach. Fifty-seven percent believe members of Congress need to work across the aisle to deliver results for their constituents versus 37% who believe it is more... Read More

September 20, 2021
by TWN Staff
New Jersey Voters Strongly Support Sound Moderate Approach to Governing, Issues

A recent survey in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District found that voters there overwhelmingly agree with Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s fiscally... Read More

A recent survey in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District found that voters there overwhelmingly agree with Rep. Mikie Sherrill’s fiscally responsible and bipartisan approach to governing, and support her efforts to apply them to solving thorny issues like those surrounding the cost and coverage of their... Read More

September 3, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp
COVID-19 Has Delayed Retirement For Many Americans

More than a third of consumers have pushed back or have considered pushing back their retirement date due to the... Read More

More than a third of consumers have pushed back or have considered pushing back their retirement date due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report. In response to the pandemic and financial stress, many have also reduced their spending. A survey... Read More

Half of US Workers Favor Employee Shot Mandate: AP-NORC poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Half of American workers are in favor of vaccine requirements at their workplaces, according to a... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Half of American workers are in favor of vaccine requirements at their workplaces, according to a new poll, at a time when such mandates gain traction following the federal government's full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine.  The poll from The Associated Press-NORC... Read More

August 23, 2021
by Dan McCue
Poll: NJ Voters Want a Fiscally Responsible Congress to Tackle True Health Care Concerns

Voters in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, a traditional swing or battleground district nestled against the southeast portion of New... Read More

Voters in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, a traditional swing or battleground district nestled against the southeast portion of New York State, are united in many key respects when it comes to spending and health care reforms, a recent survey found. Strong majorities want to see... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top