By BTVH, Special for USDR
A Bring The Vote Home (BTVH) survey of more than 2,000 registered voters age 65 and older again demonstrates seniors are active and hold a range of views and opinions regarding politics, campaigns, and policy issues. Bring The Vote Home’s comprehensive polling is a national resource dedicated to specifically seeking out the views of American senior voters.
The most recent BTVH survey found that Hillary Clinton continues to lead the pack with senior voters among the 2016 presidential candidates with 26 percent of seniors responding they would vote for her should the election be held today. Data suggests this is in part due to the large amount of Republican primary candidates currently in the 2016 race. Jeb Bush and Donald Trump split the vote for the top Republican candidate with 12 percent of seniors indicating they would vote for each of them.
With Clinton leading in the senior poll, the survey also sought out opinions regarding the importance of electing a female president among seniors. The BTVH survey found that one-third of seniors (34%) believe it’s important for the U.S. to elect a female president in the next 20 years.
The survey also found that 44 percent of seniors think their children and grandchildren will be financially worse off in the future. Just 20 percent felt the next generations would fare better financially in the future. Republican seniors are more pessimistic about the financial future for their children and grandchildren – 55 percent think their children and grandchildren will be worse off than them, along with 46 percent of Independent and 31 percent of Democrat voters.
Among the issues of immigration, health care, the federal deficit, the Islamic state known as ISIS, jobs and unemployment, and climate change, 23 percent choose ISIS as the most important issues facing the country with jobs and unemployment trailing close behind at 22 percent. However, six in 10 respondents identified ISIS as the largest national security threat to the United States, followed by China and Iran, both at eight percent.
“Bring the Vote Home surveys reveal interesting insights into the senior voting bloc, which has the potential to significantly sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election,” stated Eric Berger, CEO of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. “Our hope is to empower seniors by making their viewpoints known and encouraging and enabling them to vote no matter their physical limitations.”
In addition to political and policy questions, the BTVH survey gathered seniors’ opinions related to retirement and popular culture.
- Florida was found to be the most ideal state for retirement among both Democrats (13%) and Republicans (21%), though Democrats’ second choice is California (12%) while Republicans are more likely to choose Texas (18%).
- Seniors chose Raquel Welch (19%) as the most attractive senior, followed by Harrison Ford (16%) and Helen Mirren (12%).
- Twenty-three percent of seniors have taken a “selfie.”
The survey questions were conducted as part of a Morning Consult Poll from July 8 to July 13, 2015. The poll surveyed 2,021 registered voters, age 65 and older, and has a margin of error of two percentage points.
To view the National Seniors Poll Charts, click here.
Bring The Vote Home was launched to help senior citizens, disabled Americans, their family members, and their home healthcare clinicians participate in the electoral process. Home healthcare beneficiaries make up a rapidly growing portion of the population, but the homebound status of many of them makes it difficult for them to travel to polling places. Through its voter and absentee ballot registration process, Bring The Vote Home is dedicated to helping all members of the home healthcare community participate fully in our nation’s democratic process. To learn more, visit http://bringthevotehome.org.
SOURCE Bring The Vote Home