• AARP survey shows voter anxiety

    by  • August 12, 2014 • News

    A new survey puts numbers to people’s anxieties about the future.

    AARP Illinois used the Illinois State Fair’s Senior Day to roll out results of a survey of about 800 voters – roughly half of whom are retired. AARP

    AARP Illinois Advocacy Director Ryan Gruenenfelder says they worry about their incomes not keeping up with the cost of living, with health care costs, and taxes.

    He adds that voters who are not yet retired are feeling especially anxious, and half of them say they have postponed or will postpone retirement.

    Sixty-four percent worry about paying too much in taxes, 56 percent worry about their income not keeping up with the cost of living. Half worry about not having financial security in retirement. Half have postponed or will postpone retirement.

    The results for whom respondents favor for governor show republican challenger Bruce Rauner leading incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn by 9 percentage points with 13 percent undecided, but there’s also frustration that people aren’t getting specifics from either one about how they’d address their concerns.