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AARP poll: Florida women 50-plus favor trust Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump on Social Security



A newly released poll for AARP Florida shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump among Florida women voters age 50-plus, 47 percent to 38 percent. These older women voters account for about one third of the likely voters in Florida's election, and the poll found nearly three in four want Congress and the next president to act immediately to ensure that Social Security benefits are not reduced after 2034.

“Women depend enormously on Social Security and this survey shows they’re concerned about the program’s future,” said Leslie Spencer, associate state director for AARP Florida, who is overseeing AARP’s Take A Stand initiative in Florida.  “Women voters say they haven’t heard much on the major-party candidates’ plans to update Social Security.”

Exit polls for the TV networks did not break out 2012 results among Florida women at least 50 years old, but among women voters overall in Florida, Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney, 53 percent to 46 percent in 2012.

Nearly two thirds of those surveyed Aug. 1 - 8 by Lake Research Partners and American Viewpoint said they hadn’t seen or heard Clinton’s plan for Social Security, while 75 percent said they hadn’about Trump's plans for Social Security.  AARP has information on those plans here: . 

Half the women voters age 50-plus said Clinton would do a better job of handling Social Security, while 38 percent thought Trump would do better. 

More than two thirds favored  a proposal to allow family caregivers who take time away from work to receive credit for their caregiving time when calculating Social Security benefits.  Some 75 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of independents favored such a proposal.  

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:24pm]


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