An A-A-R-P survey of voters in eastern Iowa’s first congressional district finds financial concerns related to health care and retirement rank behind concerns about the war in Iraq. A-A-R-P Iowa state director Bruce Koeppl says 28 percent of those surveyed listed the war as the nation’s number one problem.
Among financial concerns, 74 percent of those surveyed supported “preserving” Social Security by making the wealthy pay more into the system and reducing benefits for those well-to-do Americans. “Republicans, Democrats and Independents do not support going to private accounts,” Koeppl said. The survey was conducted during the second week of June.
Access to health care was cited as a top concern by 10 percent of those polled. “There’s common ground in trying to improve access to health care, long term care in a shared approach with the federal government, employers and individuals coming together to further coverage,” Koeppl says. According to Koeppl, there are 74-thousand AARP members in the First District. On Tuesday, A-A-R-P will announce the results of a statewide survey of its members on issues the state faces.