FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2010
BOHEMIA, NY, Nov 3 – “Independent senior voters turned the tide in Tuesday’s elections. They put Congress in its place, letting lawmakers who managed to keep their seats and those who replaced hard-core party liners know that it is we, the people, who call the shots,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [www.amac.us].
Weber says it was President Obama’s “wrong-headed policies and priorities” that motivated “a determined bloc of 50-plus voters” to opt for a mid-term change, “just as surely as it was his rhetoric that motivated the nation’s youth to help put him office in the first place.”
Seniors comprise what is arguably the most powerful segment of the voting population and, reports the non-partisan Free Enterprise Nation [FEN] they are highly engaged. In fact, FEN says that the overwhelming participation of seniors surprised them in a pre-election, online poll. Baby Boomers and seniors made up 72% of the respondents. Twenty percent were voters between the ages of 36 to 49. Only 7% were under 36 years old.
The poll showed that the great majority of voters 50 years and older blamed the president and those members of Congress who supported him for the nation’s economic ills, notes Weber.
“The mid-terms are only the beginning. There is more work to be done. For one thing, we must keep a keen eye on the newcomers in Washington to make sure they don’t stray from the key issues— including economic policies and health care reform measures that make sense. We must keep them on the right track over the next two years and beyond.”
There are 225 million people in the country who are of voting age and nearly half of them are over 50. “That’s the AMAC generation—that segment of the population that fought for this country and its founding principles and that is determined to preserve our heritage,” says Weber.