Washington, D.C.— Dr. Lawrence A. Hunter, president of The Alliance for Retirement Prosperity, released the following statement today:
“American voters threw the bums out on Tuesday. Seniors and baby boomers led the way and set the tone of the 2010 midterm elections. Fear and anger drove voters led by baby boomers and seniors to snatch control of the House of Representatives away from the Democrats and surgically dismantle the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
“Exit poll data reveal that one in four voters (25 percent) Tuesday were age 65 and over, up dramatically from the 2008 election when only 15 percent of the electorate were seniors.”
“Exit polls also reveal that fear about the economy and anger at Washington, particularly for shoving ObamaCare down the throats of the American people, prompted voters to choose divided government as a guardian and block against Obama’s radical liberal agenda until the people can put the nation on a more precise course forward in 2012. The president has been put on probation.
“The top issue on people’s minds according to exit polls was the economy where 62 percent named the economy as their most important issue this year. More than 80 percent of voters responding to exit pollsters said they were to some degree ‘worried’ about the economy. A quarter of voters expressed anger at Washington, and 48 percent of voters said they want ObamaCare repealed.
“Nine out of ten voters responding to pollsters’ questions Tuesday as they left their polling place saw no economic recovery in sight, and by 56 percent to 39 percent voters opposed government’s trying to do more to fix the economy. (Too bad Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke wasn’t on the ballot.) Just 35 percent of voters said they think the country is on the right track while 62 percent said things are heading in the wrong direction.
“Republicans, however, should not take solace in these voter sentiments since those same exit polls show that 29 percent of voters blame former President George W. Bush for creating the current economic mess while only 24 percent blame President Barack Obama. But that doesn’t exempt Obama from voters’ wrath either since only 32 percent of voters surveyed said they thought President Obama’s $814 billion stimulus program had helped the economy; indeed, two-thirds said it either hurt the economy or had no effect at all.
“The bottom line is, that while voters tended to cut Obama some slack on who created the economic mess the country is in, only 45 percent of voters in exit polls approve of the President’s overall performance; 54 percent disapprove.
“Message to the president: ‘Listen to the American People, and change your liberal ways.'”
The Alliance for Retirement Prosperity Association (http://wethealliance.com) is an association of advocacy groups (“Allies” or “Alliance Partners”) and their members working to ensure a prosperous, enriched and secure retirement for today’s seniors and the seniors of tomorrow while working in the political arena to promote conservative American values, principles and public policies that affect the quality of our members’ lives.