AARP Survey: NH voters oppose Social Security, Medicare cuts
AARP released the results of a recent survey of New Hampshire Republican primary voters today, showing that Granite Staters oppose cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits to reduce the deficit by a margin of nearly 3 to 1. While voters of all ages were surveyed, the survey sample was weighted to include more older voters; the mean age for the respondents was 63.
“Strong majorities of supporters for every Republican presidential candidate oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Kelly Clark in a statement, “Even very conservative voters and voters who agree with the Tea Party oppose cuts to these programs. The message these voters are sending is clear: Do not cut the Social Security and Medicare benefits they’ve earned.”
The survey interviewed 400 likely Republican primary voters and was conducted October 17-18 by GS Strategy Group with funding from AARP. The research has a 4.90% margin of error. Over 89.5% of voters said that Social Security benefits will be important to their monthly income in retirement and nearly all – 91.8% – say the strength and solvency of Medicare is essential to seniors’ health care security in retirement.
Respondents were also asked which candidate they would vote for if the primary was held that day. The results are below, but it is notable that voters were surveyed prior to the sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain became public:
The senior advocacy giant commissioned the survey as part of its larger voter education efforts surrounding the 2012 presidential election; AARP will launch its 2012 Republican Caucus and Primary Video Voters’ Guide on November 13. The Video Voters’ Guide will feature one-on-one, unedited interviews with four of the top candidates on topics important to older voters and be mailed to Republican voters in the five early nominating states, as well as being available online.
AARP invited candidates to participate who registered at 5% or higher in an average of national polls, which include Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Perry. Herman Cain and Mitt Romney declined to participate.