We Stand With Seniors July Survey Results

From Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16, 2019 J. Wallin Opinion Research conducted a telephone survey of voters throughout California. Our research revealed an electorate deeply supportive of a statewide Master Plan for Aging that serves as a blueprint for state government, local government, private sector and philanthropy to promote healthy aging and prepare the state for the coming demographic changes.

Nearly one-half (47.1%) of California voters have provided caregiving to an older adult or person with a disability

Question: “A caregiver provides care such as but not limited to: helping take someone who is 65 and older to appointments; assisting them with shopping; taking medications; or doing household chores. Are you now, or have you ever provided paid or unpaid caregiving in any way to an older adult or person with a disability?”

Just over three-quarters (76.2%) support California developing a Master Plan for AgingQuestion: “Over the next decade, our statewide senior population will increase by four million. In 25 years, it will double. And more than half will require some form of long-term care. Governor Newsom took bold action on June 10, 2019 through an Executive Order, calling for the creation of a Master Plan for Aging to build ‘an age-friendly state so that all Californians can age with dignity and independence.’ The governor heralded this Master Plan to ‘serve as a blueprint for state government, local government, private sector and philanthropy to…promote healthy aging and prepare the state for the coming demographic changes.’ Do you support California developing a Master Plan for Aging to address the needs of California’s aging population?”

Moreover, this support is deep-rooted and is nearly identical among those who are caregivers (47.1%) and those who are not (51.7%). Support is also shared across ethnicity, age group, political party affiliation and throughout California’s diverse geographic communities.

What issues should be MOST prioritized for the state to invest in and take immediate action?

Question: “I am going to read a list of goals for the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging to ‘address the needs of California’s aging population, which will nearly double by the year 2030.’ Experts agree that each of these goals are necessary components of a Master Plan for Aging, but sometimes not everything can be done at once. Please listen to each and then tell me if that issue should be a top priority, high priority, medium priority, or low priority for the state to invest in and take immediate action to address the needs of older Californians as part of the Master Plan for Aging.”

Moreover, this support is deep-rooted and is nearly identical among those who are caregivers (47.1%) and those who are not (51.7%). Support is also shared across ethnicity, age group, political party affiliation and throughout California’s diverse geographic communities.

70.0% feel that the State of California should be held accountable for, and invest in, the Master Plan’s implementation

Question: “Do you feel that the State of California should be held accountable for, and invest in, the Master Plan’s implementation?”