Older adults represent a large and increasingly larger voting bloc. They will play a big role in the 2020 presidential election. In 2016, they voted for President Trump. But, the Wall Street Journal reports that the jury’s out on whether they will do so again in 2020.
In 2016, older adults supported President Trump by a 52 percent-45 percent margin. Today, according to a June Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 48 percent of older adults favor a Democrat, any Democrat over Trump; 41 percent of them support Trump. Still, 46 percent of older adults say they approve of Trump’s performance.
Only one in three younger voters between 18 and 34 support Trump. But, to win, the Democratic candidate will need substantial support from people over 65, who represent nearly 25 percent of voters. Older adults are also most likely to actually go to the polls. Two out of three older adults cast ballots in 2018.
A July Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that older adults prefer Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump. Support for Biden was 55 percent to Trump’s 43 percent. Support for Sanders and Warren beats out support for Trump by seven and eight percentage points respectively.
Some older adults like Sanders because he stands for working-class people. But, others are wary of supporting a Democrat because of Democrats’ position on immigration. Older adults also do not like socialists, a label the Republicans have unfairly pinned on some of the Democratic candidates.
Shockingly, it appears that older adults are not focused on the fact that President Trump’s budget would slash Medicare, driving up health care costs for older adults. They also do not seem to care that Trump has done nothing to address high prescription drug costs. Moreover, Trump, like Republicans in Congress, is opposed to strengthening Social Security and has been closing Social Security offices.
The last time older adults supported a Democratic presidential candidate over a Republican was in 2000, when they supported Al Gore.
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