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AARP poll: Marylanders support slots

11 June 2008

ALTIMORE, Maryland -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Practically all Maryland voters believe that everyone in the state should have access to affordable, quality health care, according to a survey released today by AARP Maryland. In fact, 93 percent of Maryland voters agree with this principle, and this agreement persists across age, gender and party affiliation.

The same survey found that two out of three Maryland voters support allowing slot machines at limited locations around the state. One-third of those who initially said they opposed slot machines indicated they would not oppose them if the money were used to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all.

"Three out of five Marylanders believe that health care in our state is in crisis or has major problems," said Joseph DeMattos, Jr., AARP Maryland Senior State Director. "People are struggling -- they are worried about health care even if they presently have coverage. This survey shows that the time is now for our elected leaders to take action and create positive change on health care."

Nearly two out of three survey respondents (63%) say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supported the development of a health care system that provided all Maryland residents access to affordable, quality health care. Three-quarters of voters surveyed agree that everyone from employers to federal and state governments to individuals should contribute to health care costs.

The survey was conducted by random-dial telephone interviews in December 2007 and January 2008. Subjects were self-identified registered Maryland voters 18 and older.

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