AARP Georgia looks at findings of 2022 election survey

Published: Jul. 14, 2022 at 12:27 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - AARP Georgia released findings from a 2022 election survey that shows candidates for governor and U.S. Senate should pay attention to Georgia voters over age 50.

In the 2018 election, they made up nearly 55 percent of the electorate.

In the newest survey, Gov. Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams by 52 percent to 45 percent. Kemp has a higher advantage among the 50-plus age group.

In the Senate race, incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock has a three-point lead overall, but when you only look at voters 50-plus, Republican Herschel Walker has a six-point lead.

On the issues, both Republicans and independents 50 and older cited the economy, inflation and immigration

Democrats 50 and older told the pollsters that gun control, voting rights, and Social Security and Medicare were their top federal issues.

Republicans polled also have an edge in motivation, but the pollsters point out that edge is narrowing after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, leaving abortion access decisions up to the states.

Of those surveyed, 90 percent said they are highly motivated to vote.

It’s likely they’ll vote early: Just 29 percent of Georgians 50 plus told AARP they plan to wait until Election Day to cast their ballot.

“Georgia voters 50 and over are a critical voting demographic that all candidates are competing for in this midterm election,” said Debra Tyler Horton, director of AARP Georgia. “With the price of necessities like gas, groceries, and prescription drugs skyrocketing, Georgians want their leaders to provide solutions to inflation and the rising cost of living. The message is clear, if candidates want to win, they should pay attention to the issues that matter to Georgians 50-plus.”

The survey was conducted by Fabrizio Ward & Impact Research, where 1,197 likely Georgia voters were interviewed.

For more information on how, when, and where to vote, visit the AARP website.

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