Less Than Half of Boomers-Seniors Think Medicare Drug Program is Good for Older Americans, says AARP Poll
Still, even adding in the more positive responses by the baby boomers the survey found less than half thinking the Medicare Part D is a good thing for these Americans “having difficulty paying for prescription drugs.”
The spin put on the results in the news release from AARP’s latest “Election Watch” poll, said, “?almost twice as many respondents (48 percent) consider Medicare Part D to be a good thing for Americans having difficulty paying for prescription drugs.”
The poll on the Medicare prescription drug program is the eighth in a series of nine election polls to be released by AARP. It surveying nearly 1,000 likely voters age 42 and above, which it calls “boomer-plus respondents.”
“As enrollment for 2007 begins in November, AARP will continue to provide information to our members so they can find a plan that is best for them.”
AARP says, “There are very little differences of opinion about the Medicare prescription drug plan among the different age groups. Younger boomers (51 percent ages 42-50) are just as likely as older boomers (52 percent ages 51-60) and respondents 61-plus (46 percent) to think Medicare’s prescription drug plan will be a good thing for older Americans who have difficulty paying for their prescriptions.”
The final AARP “Election Watch Pulse of a Generation” poll, to be released next week, looks at government spending and fiscal responsibility as a voting concern. Full copies of this and other AARP polls can be accessed at http://www.aarp.org/research/legis-polit/elections and then by clicking “AARP Election Watch 2006: Pulse of a Generation.”
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