October 4, 2018

Regardless of political affiliation, the majority of these voters responded that the government should do something “immediately” to strengthen Social Security for the future.

Similarly, seniors fear reforms to Medicare that may harm them more than it would help.

A proposal in Congress that says that, for future seniors, Medicare would no longer pay for health care services directly — instead providing each senior with a set amount of money to help purchase an insurance plan in the private marketplace — is wildly unpopular among the group surveyed.

Results from the AARP WV poll are being released over a three-day period — Oct. 2-4 — in newspapers and on newspaper websites across West Virginia, giving readers a chance to review and comment online on the results of the poll.

The nonprofit, non-partisan organization, which counts nearly 300,000 West Virginians among its members, surveyed voters age 50 and older in 20 states between August and September 2018, to assess what would be on their minds when they cast their ballots this fall.

The poll, conducted by Berenson Strategy Group and GS Strategy Group, surveyed 950 likely West Virginia voters between Aug. 21-26,2018 — 724 likely voters over the age of 50, and 226 likely voters ages 18-49 — and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

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