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AARP Poll: Social Security, Medicare Key Issues as Cain Leads Romney

AARP poll provides details on S.C. electorate

Businessman Herman Cain and Gov. Mitt Romney remain the frontrunners in the S.C. primary, according to a new poll from the AARP. 

The poll, released Thursday, surveyed 400 voters and included detailed questions about respondents’ politics, retirement status, religious habits and feelings on issues like social security and Medicare.

Overall, 27.8 percent of respondents said they would vote for Cain, 27 percent said they would vote from Romney and 19.5 percent said they were undecided. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich each earned about 7 percent of the vote.

The survey was conducted Oct. 18-19, prior to sexual harrassment allegations against Cain coming to light, and includes a margin of error of 4.9 percent. The results were similar to those .

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Digging deeper, Cain’s lead was more significant among regular churchgoers and respondents who identified with the Tea Party. Romney, on the other hand, led among voters who said they were either moderate or somewhat conservative.

The survey also divided respondents by media market. In Greenville and Charleston, a plurality of respondents favored Cain. In Columbia, Romney held a 4-point lead.

Results from questions not related to the candidates helped to paint a picture of the South Carolina electorate. According to the poll, 73.8 percent of respondents agreed with Tea Party principles and 68.8 percent said they attended church at least once a week. 

The poll, which focused on primarily older voters with an average age of 64, also asked about social security and Medicare. Nearly 69 percent of respondents said they opposed cuts to social security to help reduce the deficit and 70.5 percent said they opposed cuts to Medicare. 88.9 percent of respondents said social security would be important to their monthly income in retirement. 

Responses in South Carolina were similar to those in New Hampshire, with a few noticeable differences.

For example, Romney held a 25-point lead over Cain in New Hampshire and only 37 percent of New Hampshire voters said they attended church regularly as opposed to 68 percent of South Carolina voters. On issues of social security and Medicate, South Carolina and New Hampshire respondents recorded very similar responses.

Respondents were also asked more specific questions about policies involving social security and Medicare. Some 84 percent of South Carolina voters said they would support a smart card for Medicare patients to prevent fraud and 80.5 percent said they supported incentivizing doctors and hospitals to reduce hospital readmissions. More than 72 percent also supported transitioning to electronic medical records.

stanley seigler November 11, 2011 at 04:07 PM
re: illegals contribute to black employment. [harry] quite the opposite...blacks claim illegals take their jobs...eg; [CLIP] "Fontana, California city councilperson Acquanetta Warren minced no words at her campaign stops at black churches in the area. She enthusiastically cheered the Arizona immigration law. She didn't stop there. She said that a tough law cracking down on illegal immigration was long overdue..." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/fingering-illegal-immigra_b_568935.html OH/AND...BOcare improves health care for seniors and some30-40 million who do not have health care insurance...thus may cost the taxpayer more in emergency rooms... [CLIP] "Under the health care law, your existing guaranteed Medicare-covered benefits won't be reduced or taken away. Neither will your ability to choose your own doctor...Nearly 4 million people with Medicare received cost relief during the law's first year. http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2011/08/seniors.html as someone said you are entitled to your opinion...not the facts...
royce09 November 12, 2011 at 08:18 PM
The sad thing is, so many people HATE aarp, hate social security, naacp,illegals, and make themselfs physcially sick being so upset about these issues. Ironically, most of these people are die hard republicans/gop people as they fondly like to think of themselves. Ok, here is a wake up call, 99 percent of you TOO are not rich enough to be considered a real republican and esp tea party - you are just idiotic puppets of that 1 percent who will be stealing your money as well. When the time comes and realization smacks you in the face, esp after wall street has stolen all of your 401 K you will be wishing you had social security money available to you and medicare. Wake up and smell the coffee already you are going down the tubes with the rest of us.
Joe November 12, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Royce, we don't hate the se programs we just know we can do so much better and the problem is that your are too ignorant to know the difference.
royce09 November 12, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Right just keep dumping your money in your 401K and when you need it most the crooks on wall street will steal it all - they now can manipulate stocks better than vegas can gambling - still good luck , you will need it. See I didnt call you any names either. Seek help please.
Joe November 12, 2011 at 09:34 PM
I promise to seek help when you learn about stocks and bonds and annuities and investing, call me for help.....

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