the ask@AAR: What issues matter to you in elections?

I’ve been reading endless articles about whether or not and, if so, how the probable overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States could influence the 2022 midterms and the 2024 election. The answer seems to be: Not much. Most pundits think that despite the strong passions voters have about the issue, stricter limits on abortion, even criminalization, won’t inspire people to vote. According to a recent Gallup poll, abortion isn’t considered an important issue for voters–it ranks lower than many many other societal and economic issues.

What do voters care about? Inflation is the top concern. After that, women prioritise health care and prescription drugs; men, taxes and Ukraine and Russia.

Interestingly, the group most likely to decide elections may be women over 50. According to a new AARP poll, this voting bloc votes reliably AND hasn’t decided who to vote for. So I’m curious. Not about WHO you plan to vote for but WHAT. What issue(s) matter most to you when you vote?

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