eHealth Survey: For US Seniors, COVID Is a Big Influence on Social Behavior and Voting
~ 60% say COVID will be a top-three factor in November's election
Majority would favor return to strict COVID protocols this fall
"While younger people may be moving on, COVID remains a serious concern for Medicare beneficiaries," says eHealth CEO
Key insights from eHealth's report:
- COVID will be a big factor in seniors' midterm election votes: 62% say the government's handling of COVID is a top-three voting issue for them.
- Seniors are scrutinizing government's pandemic response: 21% say their confidence in the government's response to COVID has increased in the past year; 48% say it is unchanged; 31% say it has decreased.
- Many support a return to strict measures for reducing the spread of COVID: 62% support reimposing social distancing and masking rules if case counts increase; 47% would get boosters 1-2 times each year if recommended.
- COVID is still disruptive: Only 8% say their lives are back to normal, though 39% say they are less worried than a year ago.
- Behavioral changes may prove permanent: 73% are less likely to go on a cruise, and 52% are less likely to travel by plane, a sharp increase from May of 2021, when eHealth found 58% less likely to go on a cruise and 31% less likely to fly.
Read the full report.
eHealth's report is based on a voluntary survey of Medicare beneficiaries who purchased Medicare health insurance plans through eHealth. The survey was conducted in late July of 2022 and a total of 2,519 responses were collected.
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