AARP Poll Shows Older Voters May Decide to Complete Georgia Runoff

Warnock, who is trying to retain the seat he won in a 2020 runoff, leads the ex-footballer by 24 percentage points among voters 18-49.

By Stacy M BrownSenior National Correspondent for NNPA Newswire

With the Georgia runoff between Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker less than two weeks ago, there is a huge divide between younger and older voters.

AARP Georgia released key findings from a 2022 runoff poll showing that candidates should pay close attention to Georgians aged 50 and older, with a focus on issues such as inflation and rising prices, threats to democracy, and Social Security and Medicare for these voters.

Warnock, who is trying to retain the seat he won in a 2020 runoff, leads the ex-footballer by 24 percentage points among voters 18-49.

Meanwhile, Walker leads the senator by 9 points among voters over 50.

Overall, the AARP poll shows Warnock has a 51% to 47% lead over Walker.

The big mountain for Democrats is Walker’s 55% to 42% lead among voters over 65, and Walker’s 51% to 47% lead among voters 50 to 64.

AARP found that people aged 50 and older account for 62% of likely runoff voters.

Warnock continues to enjoy a commanding 83-point lead among black voters aged 50 and over.
“Georgia voters age 50 and older are a critical constituency that both candidates are competing for in this runoff,” said Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia state director, in a press release.

“Georgia residents want their leaders to find solutions to inflation and the rising cost of living, preserve democracy, and protect their health and financial security,” said Tyler-Horton.

“The message is clear: if these candidates want to win the US Senate seat, they should pay attention to the issues that matter to Georgians over 50.”

The poll also found that a clear majority (70%) of voters think the country is moving in the wrong direction, while only 49% think the same about the state’s direction.

Meanwhile, 63% of voters said they were worried about their financial situation.
The vast majority (90%) of voters aged 50 and over said they were highly motivated to vote in the runoff.

The bipartisan team of pollsters Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research conducted the poll on behalf of AARP.

The companies polled 1,183 likely voters in Georgia.

Respondents included a national representative sample of 500 likely voters, an oversample of 550 likely voters age 50 and older, and an additional oversample of 133 likely Black voters in that age group.

Officials conducted the survey between November 11 and November 17, 2022.

For more information on how, when and where to vote in Georgia, visit aarp.org/GAvotes.

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