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Health and Financial Security Issues May Be Key to New York Primary, Says AARP Poll
Date:1/24/2008

-- AARP Launches Statewide Divided We Fail Presidential Primary Tour --

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, AARP released a poll showing health care and financial security could be deciding factors in voting for a presidential candidate on February 5th. With the New York Primary less than two weeks away, AARP has launched the Divided We Fail Presidential Primary Tour to raise awareness on these issues among voters and candidates.

"Candidates' positions on the issues of health care and financial security are important to the outcome of the New York State Presidential Primary," stated Lois Aronstein, AARP New York State Director. "New York voters appear to be open to changing their vote based on where a candidate stands on these issues."

The poll results illustrated:

-- More than half of voters surveyed (52%) said they would be willing to change their vote as they learned more about where the candidates stand on health care and financial security issues.

-- When asked which candidates best addressed the issue of financial security, 42% of Democrats and 50% of Republicans said they did not have enough information to make a judgment.

-- Nine in ten (91%) respondents stated that where the candidates stand on the issue of health care would be a key factor in determining their vote.

-- Ninety-five percent of New Yorkers surveyed said that the candidates' position on financial issues, such as Social Security, incentives for savings and investment, and pension protection, would influence their vote.

Respondents also ranked how well they believe the candidates have addressed health care and financial security in their campaigns.

"Health care and lifetime financial security are issues that cut across party lines," said Aronstein. "Potential voters from both parties are saying they just don't know enough about the candidates positions on these two vital issues. With 2.6
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