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Sep 9, 2015
AARP Survey: 80% of People 50-Plus Don’t Believe Tom Brady; 68% Disagree with Denying Marriage Licenses Based on Religious Beliefs

WASHINGTON, DC—AARP released today online survey results of people 50-plus and their opinions on some of the most topical issues of the day. As the NFL’s regular football season prepares to kickoff this week, a majority of Americans 50 and older still show skepticism over ‘Deflategate.’

Last week a federal judge vacated Tom Brady’s four-game suspension but it seems in the 50-plus “people’s court of opinion,” questions still remain over what Brady knew, even as the quarterback prepares to suit up for Thursday night’s game when the New England Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. AARP asked in the poll, do you believe Tom Brady? 

Of those surveyed:

  • 80% of people 50-plus said no, they don’t believe Tom Brady.* 

Many 50-Plus Say Religious Beliefs Shouldn’t Affect Issuing Marriage Licenses

The AARP poll also asked about another court case in the news. AARP asked, “Do you think it was right for a Kentucky court clerk to deny marriage licenses to couples based on religious beliefs about same-sex marriage?

Overall, 68% of people 50-plus said religious beliefs should not get in the way of issuing marriage licenses, but the percent dropped somewhat among older respondents.

Of those surveyed:

  • 69% of people 5064 said no, it was not right for a Kentucky court clerk to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  
  • 63% of people 65-plus said no, it was not right for a Kentucky court clerk to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. *

The survey is part of an ongoing new polling series to disrupt aging and highlight how Americans 50 and older feel about issues that affect their health, finances, and everyday lives.

AARP will continue to share the opinions of Americans 50 and older on the issues of the day through the end of the year. Follow @AARPMedia on Twitter.

*Survey date September 4, 2015

 Margin of error is +/- 4%

 

About AARP AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more atwww.aarp.org.​

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Monique O’Grady202-434-2563, media@aarp.org