Monday, August 11, 2014
And that anxiety could have implications for the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. Exit polls in 2010, the last off-year election, showed more than a quarter of N.C. voters were seniors.
How bad is the anxiety? According to the survey of voters 50 and over:
-- 68 percent worry that their income falls behind the cost of living.
-- 67 percent of non-retirees -- and 55 percent of retirees -- are 'more worried and concerned' than hopeful about meeting their financial goals.
-- 60 percent worry about paying too much in taxes.
-- 79 percent of those over 50 worry about saving enough for retirement.
Pollsters, a b-partisan team from North Star Opinion Research and Hart Research, found voters split evenly between Hagan and Tillis.
But they also found only 39 percent like the job being done by President Barack Obama. that's still nearly five times the 8 percent approval of Congress.
The poll reflects something else. It's why voters can expect to hear each candidate claim the other is a bigger threat to Social Security or Medicare.
Posted by Jim Morrill at 6:08 PM