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The Power of Montana’s 50-Plus Voters

Posted on 01/11/19

50-Plus Voters Were Largest Voting Bloc in Montana’s Midterm Election

Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters — 53% in Montana. Candidates who ignored older voters, Montana’s most powerful voting group, paid a price on Election Day.

Older voters held candidates accountable for not finding common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they care about here in Montana is health care and they made their voices heard last year. Exit polling found that 47% of older voters in Montana cited health care as the most important issue facing the country over other issues such as immigration and the economy.

Older voters remain concerned about health care including pre-existing conditions, the cost of prescription medications, and the future of Medicare. A strong majority of older voters – 70% in Montana say the health care system in the United States needs major changes. But older voters also understand that complex issues require thoughtful, bipartisan solutions. For them, putting aside partisan bickering and forging a consensus is the only way forward.

Elected officials are wise to act on the issues important to older voters in Montana. Just as they did last year, elected officials can count on older voters showing up in force in the next election – and every election.

Links to Survey Results:

National Election Pool Exit Poll Results – Montana vs All US 50+ Voters

National Election Pool Exit Poll Results – Montana vs Age 18-49 Voters

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