Races for Connecticut’s Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller Tight
According to a wide-ranging survey by AARP Research, a large majority of Connecticut voters 50 and older indicated the candidates’ positions on implementing the Connecticut Retirement Security Program, supporting paid leave for family caregivers and strengthening funding for long-term care so people can age at home are among the issues that will be important as they cast their votes in the 2018 election. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be The Difference. Vote” campaign and continues AARP’s long tradition of nonpartisan voter engagement.
“With a little more than one month to go before Election Day, candidates in Connecticut would be wise to listen to the state’s most powerful and reliable voting bloc: age 50-plus voters,” said Nora Duncan, state director, AARP Connecticut. “History shows older voters turn out in force and in races that are too close to call, the candidates who win in November are the candidates who focus on the issues important to older voters that impact all of us – retirement security, long-term services and supports, family caregiving, and health care affordability and accessibility.”
Tight Races for Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller
The poll findings also point to close races for Connecticut’s Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller races if the election were held today.
Learn more about the candidates seeking your support in Connecticut this election at a Guide to Becoming an Informed Voter.
The Importance of Key Electoral Issues
At least seven in ten of Connecticut’s 50-plus voters indicated that candidates’ positions on lowering health care costs, strengthening and reforming Social Security, addressing rising prescription drug costs, strengthening and reforming Medicare, and jobs and the economy were very important to them.
While many Connecticut voters age 50 and older (43% percent) generally see the U.S. economy getting stronger, this optimism is not reflected in their own financial security with eight in ten (81 percent) feeling like they are not getting ahead. Political divisiveness is a top concern among 48 percent of Connecticut voters age 50 and older and 53 percent disapprove of the job President Trump is doing. When asked about the performance of Congress in Washington, D.C., 48 percent disapprove of the Democrats and 56 percent the Republicans.
The survey is part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. Vote” campaign designed to encourage older Americans to make their voices heard at the ballot box this fall. For more information on AARP’s “Be The Difference. Vote,” campaign and to pledge to vote in this year’s elections, go to www.aarp.org/vote.
The poll, conducted by Alan Newman Research, surveyed 807 Connecticut voters 50 and older between September 12-20, 2018, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points. View full survey results at www.aarp.org/2018StateVoterSurveys.
AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political parties, political campaigns or candidates.
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