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Health and Financial Security Issues May Be Key to New York Primary, Says AARP Poll

-- 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 million New Yorkers uninsured and the average family having less than $35,000 in savings, too many New Yorkers are just one illness away from financial ruin. What's more they fear that their children and grandchildren's quality of life will be worse off."

AARP announced the poll results in downtown Syracuse this morning. Stops on the tour will include:

January 24 - Syracuse

January 25 - Rochester

January 26 - Elmira

January 27 - Binghamton

January 28 - Buffalo

January 29 - Utica

January 30 - Watertown

January 31 - Plattsburgh

February 1 - Glens Falls/Saratoga

February 2 - Long Island

February 3 - New York City

February 4 - Hudson Valley

February 5 - Troy

AARP, in conjunction with the Divided We Fail initiative, has produced "In Their Own Words", a booklet that provides the candidates' own words on the issues of health care and financial security. The statements listed in the booklet come from candidate websites, speeches, books and campaign literature and from candidate answers to questions at events around the country; statements are organized by Divided We Fail platform principles. Prior to publication, candidates were asked to review their statements to ensure accuracy.

To view "In Their Own Words" online, visit

The 2008 New York Primary Poll of voters 18+ and more information on the Divided We Fail Presidential Primary Tour can be found at:

It's time we ensure health and long-term financial security for all. That's why AARP, Business Roundtable, the Service Employees International Union and the National Federation of Independent Businesses, are leading Divided We Fail, an initiative to give voice to millions of Americans who are tired of letting Washington gridlock stand in the way of affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security - the most pressing domestic issues faction our nation. Common sense solutions are needed, and everyone - individuals, businesses and government - has a role and a responsibility in ensuring health and financial security for all. Go to to learn more.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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