Saturday, February 18, 2006

GOP running off older voters?

The NY Times has posted this afternoon a Sunday story by Robin Toner that looks at the effect the problems with Medicare Part D's start (and some other issues) might have on the GOP's popularity among older voters as we approach the midterm elections:
“...pollsters say the Republicans' difficulties with the over-60 vote go beyond the complicated drug benefit, which began Jan. 1. President Bush's failed effort to create private accounts in Social Security last year was also unpopular with many older Americans. That, in addition to confusion over the drug benefit, has ”taken the key swing vote that's been trending the Republicans' way and put it at risk for the next election,“ said Glen Bolger, a Republican pollster. ”And what that means is Republicans are going to have to work extra hard.“

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