AARP poll reveals skepticism among older residents about direction Texas is taking
More than half of the Texans over 50 surveyed said they believe their state is going in the wrong direction.
AUSTIN, Texas—In a current surveyAARP found that more than half of the people they surveyed aged 50 and over believe the state of Texas is going in the wrong direction.
According to the poll, 34% believe the state is on the right track, while 60% disagree.
“Scepticism about the state’s direction is felt most strongly among Democrats and independents, but 40% of Republicans also said Texas is on the wrong track,” the report said. “Nearly two-thirds (or 64%) of women over the age of 65 surveyed for AARP said the state is going in the wrong direction.”
Meanwhile, the survey found that 59% don’t believe the state is ready to meet the needs of its aging population. Around 28% said Texas is ready, while 13% are unsure. Respondents were told that by 2050, one in five Texans is projected to be age 65 or older.
According to AARP, the poll included 600 voters aged 50 and older. It was conducted by Baselice & Associates Inc. August 7-9 with an error rate of plus or minus 4%.
AARP Texas Director Tina Tran said she believes the survey results underscore the need for Texas policymakers to prepare Texas for its aging population.
“There is an urgent need for action for an older, better Texas,” said Tran. “Texas is rapidly evolving from a state with a younger population to one that is much more older-dominated. The sooner we adapt to demographic change, the better.”
AARP said it intends to ask the Texas Legislature to approve legislation and budget proposals next year that will boost confidence in the future.
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