The Youth Transitions Collaborative recently released a report on a survey of the political impact of people with disabilities and their families and caregivers. “Power in Numbers: A Profile of American Voters with Disabilities” was a telephone and online survey of 1,008 participants conducted from late May 2013 through June 2013.
Overall, the survey found that people with disabilities and chronic conditions are politically just as diverse as the general population, with voting patterns and issue rankings in line with other Americans. The disability community is politically diverse, with party affiliation tracking closely to the general population (30% Democratic v. 31% of the general population, 23% Republican v. 26% of the general population, and 30% Independent v. 41% percent of the general population). The survey indicates that 72% of participants voted in the 2012 presidential election v. 57.5% of the general public (Bipartisan Policy Center.)
Health care and the economy are the top two concerns—as they are with the general public. However, people with disabilities rank health care above the economy, while the general public puts the economy above health care (Rasmussen Reports June 2013).
Eighty-four percent of respondents saying that having a record of supporting services and programs for people with disabilities is somewhat or very important. Eighty-seven percent said they would consider voting against a candidate they otherwise supported who was in favor of cuts to services (45% saying they definitely would).
This data is from the report’s Executive Summary, available at this link.
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