A poll released today by the American Association of Retired Persons shows the race between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Mike Braun is statistically tied among voters over 50.

The poll surveyed 807 voters in Indiana age 50 and older, with 38 percent saying they would vote for Senator Joe Donnelly (D) if the election were held today while 35 percent said they would vote for Mike Braun (R). A large number of older Hoosiers surveyed, 26 percent, are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

When asked to rate the performance of elected officials in Washington, D.C., 50 percent of respondents said they approve of the job President Trump is doing while 38 percent disapprove. Congress gets even lower marks among members of both parties. Sixty-five percent of those polled disapprove of congressional Democrats, and 53 percent don’t like the job Republicans in Congress are doing.

The AARP poll also found…

  •         93 percent of voters age 50-plus in Indiana think Medicare is very important for people’s health in retirement.
  •         92 percent agree that Congress should make changes to ensure the program can continue to cover hospital benefits beyond 2029.
  •         82 percent think it is unfair to deny coverage or make those with pre-existing conditions pay more for their health care.
  •         83 percent do not agree with allowing insurance companies to charge older people up to five times more for health insurance.
  •         87 percent think that Social Security is very important for financial security in retirement,
  •         69 percent believe the government should do something to strengthen Social Security immediately.
  •         57 percent of working voters age 50-plus are not confident they are saving enough for retirement.
  •         76 percent feel that candidates’ positions to address rising prescription drug costs are very important.
  •         64 percent think drug companies have a lot of influence over Members of Congress.
  •         83 percent support importation of prescription drugs.
  •         54 percent currently or have previously provided unpaid care for an adult loved one.
  •         86 percent support providing an income tax credit to family caregivers, regardless of whether they are or have been caregivers.
  •         80 percent support requiring employers to provide some paid leave to all employees that can be used for family caregiving purposes.

The full survey results can be found here.