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AARP polls show older Ohio voters are worried about financial security
Older voters say they want gubernatorial candidates to talk more about issues
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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AARP's Kathy Keller says older Ohioans are concerned about cost of living increases.
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A new poll from a lobbying group for older Ohioans says those voters are worried about utility costs, paying taxes, and costs rising faster than their incomes. And the poll from AARP says they want the candidates for governor to talk about those issues.

Kathy Keller from AARP says voters over 50 who responded say they are anxious about their financial security.

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"They’re worried that they’re not going to be able to, that a secure retirement is out of their reach," Keller says. "There are many. 55 percent said that they either already have or will postpone retirement." 

82 percent said they were concerned about utility rates, 59 percent said they were worried about paying too much in taxes, and nearly half were concerned about being able to afford health care.

The poll shows Republican incumbent John Kasich has a 15 point lead over Democrat Ed FitzGerald in the governor’s race, with 15 percent saying they are still undecided. 

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