New AARP Georgia Poll: Voters 50+ May Tip Scales in Runoff Election

Posted on 11/22/22

ATLANTAToday, AARP Georgia released key findings from a 2022 runoff election survey that shows candidates should pay close attention to Georgians age 50 and older, with issues such as inflation and rising prices, threats to democracy, and Social Security and Medicare top of mind for these voters.

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) has a narrow lead, 51% to 47%, over Herschel Walker (R). Sen. Warnock leads by a 24-point margin with voters age 18-49, while Walker is ahead 9-points among voters 50+, who make up 62% of likely runoff voters.

Within the 50+, voters 65+ back Walker 55% to 42%, while the race is closer among those age 50-64, with Walker leading 51% to 47%. Sen. Warnock holds an overwhelming 83-point lead among Black voters 50+.

 “Georgia voters 50 and older are a critical voting demographic that both candidates are competing for in this runoff election,” said Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia State Director. “Georgia residents want their leaders to provide solutions to inflation and the rising cost of living, preserve democracy and protect their health and financial security. The message is clear, if these candidates want to win the U.S. Senate seat, they should pay attention to the issues that matter to Georgians 50-plus.”

The survey also found:

  • A significant majority (70%) of voters overall think the country is headed in the wrong direction, while just 49% think the same about the direction of the state.
  • 63% of voters overall say they are worried about their personal financial situation.
  • The vast majority (90%) of voters 50+ say they are extremely motivated to vote in the runoff election.

The survey was conducted by the bipartisan team of pollsters Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research on behalf of AARP. The firms interviewed 1,183 likely Georgia voters, which includes a statewide representative sample of 500 likely voters, with an oversample of 550 likely voters age 50 and older and an additional oversample of 133 Black likely voters age 50 and older, between November 11-17, 2022. The interviews were conducted via landline, cellphone, and SMS-to-web. The margin of sampling error for the 500 statewide sample is ±4.4%; for the 860 total sample of voters 50+ is ±3.3%; for the 400 total sample of Black voters 50+ is ±4.9%.   For more information on how, when and where to vote in Georgia, visit aarp.org/GAvotes.   


About AARP AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.orgwww.aarp.org/espanol or follow @AARP@AARPenEspanol @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.

This story is provided by AARP Georgia. Visit the AARP Georgia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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