More than 1 in 3 likely voters have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, 60% of likely voters fear a loved one will develop it
1 in 5 voters are more likely to vote for someone committed to making Alzheimer’s a national priority.
Washington, DC. A new national bipartisan survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies (POS) in conjunction with Laszlo Strategies showed more than 1 in 3 likely voters currently have a loved one such as a parent, sibling, spouse, child, member of their extended family, or a close friend with Alzheimer’s.
Roughly 1 in 5 likely American voters are more likely to vote for someone who is committed to making Alzheimer’s a national priority and this is across party lines. In a close election, that can more than determine the outcome. Nearly half of all voters think “the government is not doing enough” to address Alzheimer’s. The remaining voters are evenly split, 28% “don’t know” and 28% think “the government is doing enough.”
“For 38% of likely voters to have a close and current connection to any disease is staggering. But it is not fully surprising as for those Americans aged 65 and over, 1 in 8 will develop Alzheimer's, and nearly half of people aged 85 and older will have the disease. Many voters are currently caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s and some get Alzheimer’s much earlier as well,” said Republican pollster Robert Blizzard of POS.
“We are living in a time when every 68 seconds another American develops Alzheimer's, and as the baby boomers get older those numbers will double. Voters impacted by Alzheimer’s are clearly concerned and want more action and attention from the government focused on Alzheimer’s,” said Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg, PhD.
Sixty percent of likely voters are afraid that someone they take care of, like a parent, will develop Alzheimer's. Fear of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s is more pronounced among those who know someone with Alzheimer’s (68-29), as are personal fears (44-54).
“Many of America's baby boomers will spend precious retirement years either with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who has it,” said Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association which commissioned the research. “Beyond the human devastation of this disease which is significant, it will also place an unsustainable burden on Medicare and Medicaid. With 78 million baby boomers in the U.S. advancing in age we can't keep postponing a solution.”
The survey of 1000 likely 2012 voters (1000 weighted) nationwide was conducted from September 8-12, 2012. Unless otherwise noted, margin of error= +/-3.1 percentage points at 95% confidence.