An e-mail survey returned by 531 AARP of Idaho members shows a low level of confidence for Idaho's elected leaders from the 50+ population of the state.
About 85 percent of respondents said they had low confidence in state lawmakers to deal with the problems facing the state, chief among them, the budget. AARP members are also concerned about the state's new "conscience law" for healthcare workers and want parts of it repealed, specifically the part that allows medical personnel to deny end-of-life wishes of patients.
Older Idahoans also want more controls on large special interest political contributions—55 percent of respondents agreed with this.
And a near-majority of respondents want to know where candidates stand on restoring cuts to public education. The AARP also found strong interest in term limits and a desire to solve Idaho's doctor shortage.