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Why is Mitt Romney so popular with senior citizens?
March 8th, 2012
03:41 PM ET

Why is Mitt Romney so popular with senior citizens?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

While Mitt Romney may have issues with conservatives, independents and the South, there's at least one group, beside the very rich, that loves him: senior citizens.

Michelle Cottle writes for The Daily Beast about Romney's surge among seniors:

"The bulk of the American electorate may not consider mittens scintillating, but the 65-plus set clearly finds him pretty darn charming."

Exit polls from Super Tuesday show voters 65 and older were among Romney's staunchest supporters. In the crucial state of Ohio, he beat Rick Santorum in this age group by 15-points. Even in Tennessee, where Romney lost, he still won seniors.

Seniors were also key to Romney's earlier victories in Michigan, Nevada and Florida - and they were the only age group he won in Iowa.

Looking beyond the national nightmare of the Republican primaries, senior voters are the only age group where Romney outpolls President Obama.

Experts say the old folks like Romney because he focuses on things they care about - like the economy.

Also, they like the fact that Romney is generally more moderate in a field that keeps moving further to the right.

Even some of Romney's more awkward moments - like singing "America the Beautiful" - play well to the plus-65 crowd. Perhaps some of them couldn't hear it.

If he's going to be the next president, he has to pick up broader support among other voting blocs.

But remember this: on election day, seniors vote - maybe more than any other group. Gives them something to do that day.

Here’s my question to you: Why is Mitt Romney so popular with senior citizens?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

J.D.:
I'm 63, technically a senior citizen, and I can't stand the guy. For starters, Romney wants to take away my medical care. Then, of course, there's the whole Seamus the dog on the top of the car thing. What kind of person does that to an animal?

Old Geezer:
The seniors like Mittens because he looks like the game show hosts they watch all day. They watch the debates and they think it's Family Feud.

Joshua:
Because old folks still have honor, integrity and love of their country, and are looking forward to replacing the current occupant of the Oval Office with someone who has those same qualities.

Dave:
Because he isn't black, and let’s face it, there are still a ton of old racist white people out there who have yet to die off.

Tom in Pennsylvania:
I disagree, Jack. I am a senior citizen and he is not popular with me, nor my pinochle-playing buddies.

Bill in Ohio:
Older folks remember when the two parties were more interested in a better America than trying to destroy each other. Mitt represents a middle ground in the Republican Party that unfortunately has been lost to the Conservative Right.

Larry on Facebook:
They have him confused with Gin Rummy.

Conor in Chicago:
It's because of his soothing vocal stylings when singing America the Beautiful.

D.:
No wonder they like him. He is the only one with enough money to cover their Social Security checks.

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  1. barbara in nc

    Alzheimers? I know lots of seniors that can't stand him (same as me), and no, we do not have alzheimers.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  2. Conor in Chicago

    It's because of his soothing vocal stylings when singing America the Beautiful...

    March 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    GOP = Grumpy Old Party. Old white people are now what's left of the Republican base, the moderate ones at least.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  4. John from Alabama

    Jack: Mitt wants to do away with Health Care reform Act passed under President Obama. The Republicans call it Obamacare, and I call it about time brothers and sisters. This act will keep rich and richer health insurance companies from becoming richest insurance in America. I am a senior and I like Obamacare, because our son got to finish college under his parent's policy. I like the wellness check ups for free. My doctors like Obamacare, because it treats people equally as possible. It is not perfect, but in 1965 medicare was far from being perfect. Ask seniors, if they want to do away with medicare, I'll bet almost all would say no.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  5. Bob C

    Mitt's message that we need to return to the times that made America great resonates well with those seniors who enjoy living in the past and now feel that the America that they helped build is slipping away. The reality is the Republicans would like nothing more then to either end or drastically change entitlements near and dear to seniors such as Social Security and Medicare.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Paul From Austin Texas

    Because he is clean cut and reminds them of their son or grandson. Seniors also tend to vote for who looks good and likeable regardless of how they would be in office.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  7. Ed from Texas

    Because most of them suffer from dementia.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  8. CONNIE G., CHICAGO, IL

    If this is an accurate statement, it is a well kept secret, and Willard's popularity is confined to the Seniors of the top 1%. Mitt's rhetoric of slashing medicare and social security if he's, God Forbid, elected President, will send Seniors of the 99%, running enmasse to the Polls in November, to guarantee Willard will never set foot in the Oval Office without an invite from Pres. Obama. Bet on it!!

    March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  9. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    We remember George Romney and can't believe how far an apple can fall from the tree.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  10. robert in greenville north carolina

    Jack, I think it is because he is rich. Old people respect people who have made a lot of money and have held on to it. And then there is Mitt's faith. The older you get the more religious you get. So a rich, religious guy can't be all bad.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  11. Russ in PA

    Perhaps senior citizens are less likely to check out the veracity of politicians, just like they are all too willing to fall for any number of other scams. After all, what exactly is the difference between Obama and Romney? Is either one willing to return our freedoms? Or to limit the scope of government? Or are seniors all too willing to give up their freedoms and responsibilities in return for the next big promise from government?

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    March 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  12. riley oday

    Because hes a handsome white man with a nice smile. Thats ALL they see.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  13. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Are you sure that you got your facts correct? I don't see a favorable popularity with the seniors--along with other groups.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  14. Bill of New Mexico

    Because the others seem ready to cut entitlements.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  15. Janne from NC

    Because older Americans have a wisdom that the young do not possess. The young are looking for the rock star but the older American is looking for the most qualified candidate. My parents always told me to listen to my elders!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  16. Leta

    Maybe because he is a good looking Dude !!!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  17. Ed from California

    This demographic is Rush's and FOX"News", largest audience. And Rush/FOX"News" feeds hate. lies and miss-information that gets the elderly, and the non-thinkers all worked up over nothing. Their Medicare and Social Security are safe, and so is ours for that matter. Also....do I dare say the real reason the elderly like him.........Willard is white!!

    March 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  18. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    He strikes most of us as a little boy who is totally naive to the day to day experiences of life in the real world and as someone who is in need of the wise and tender guidance a parent would provide a child.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  19. rex in portland, oregon

    I am the seniorist of citizens. Mitt Romney is popular only with junior senior citizens.... those which are republicans and haven't quite figured out trickle-down yet.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  20. Connie from Logansport,IN.

    Jack , I don't care for Romney or any of the others, I am a senior, not stupid. OBAMA 2012

    March 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  21. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think it depends on what senior citizens you are talking about. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income who depends on his Social Security and Medicare. I know I am not a big fan of Romney. Maybe if I hit the lottery and win millions we would have more in common.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  22. JD in NH

    I'm 63 – technically a senior citizen – and I can't stand the guy. For starters, he wants to take away my medical care. I was lucky enough to get in the "Obamacare" pre-existing condition pool and it saved my life. Then, of course, there's the whole Seamus the dog on the top of the car thing. What kind of person does that to an animal?

    March 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Loren

    He's the kind of person only a mother could like, and at his age, his mother would have to be old.

    He is the least of a bad lot, and that include our current President.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  24. bob z. from pa.

    senoirs are smarter that kids of the four left still running you have gingrich was speaker of the house . and was kicked out . santorum was a senator the pa. of pa kicked him out and romney was gov. not a insider so we pick him when you ask people about congres or senate they always get the incumpants out

    March 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  25. Bill From Ohio

    Older folks remember when the two parties were more interested in a better America that trying to destroy each other. Mitt represents a middle ground in the Republican Party that unfortunately has been lost to the Conservative Right.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  26. Susan-NJ

    Romney is popular with some senior citizens because he doesn't talk like a nut though he does make big foot in mouth mistakes. He also seems to have solutions to problems rather than just criticisms. It's not clear if his solutions will work but unlike Obama when someone asks him about the economy he chuckles Romney seems to take the problems seriously.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  27. Ken in California

    Maybe the back and forth motion of flip flop has hypnotized some seniors, just as the hypnotist waves a object back and forth before your eyes. and you go to sleep.
    Kidding aside, they must be rich seniors, or forgetful seniors, or senile seniors. I'm an eighty four year old, relativity comfortable, middle class senior. I wouldn't be if the Party of No Republicans had anything to do about it.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  28. David of Alexandria, VA

    Because Romney doesn't yell at people. In our miasma of harsh partisan rhetoric, accusations and villifications, it is reassuring that there is a reasonable voice. He is probably viewed as the adult in the room who can calm things down and keep things moving forward when there is more of the road behind you than in front of you.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  29. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The seniors that support him are taking drugs to deal with their pains of getting older so they can't be held responsible for their actions. Or maybe it's living in the past or early onset of dementia.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  30. Doug Ericson

    They probably think Mitt has the expertise to keep their Social Security Checks rolling in. But Mitt can't kite that money for them, because Congress has already loaned it to the Federal Treasury, ( 2.6 trillion of it ). So now the taxpayer has to pay the government twice to keep the Social Security payments rolling in. Oh well. Doug. Pepperell MA.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  31. Mike From CT

    Mitt Romney has spent millions of dollars and still can't secure the nomination which means he would lose to President Obama. From an Independent point of view seniors alone aren't enough and Romney should do his party a favor and drop out of the race because he has flip flopped so many times, has no convictions, will tell people whatever he thinks they want to hear and he stands for nothing which is why most don't trust anything he says. If Romney becomes the nominee President Obama will be saying Merry Christmas very early this year.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  32. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    They are the ones, Jack, who have been around the longest and can recognize a decent human being when they see one. Would he make a great president? Who knows. But, I'm going along with the seniors this time. Now, gotta go play bingo.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  33. Bill (Tacoma)

    They are either suffering from Dementia, they are in The "Investor Class" or they are simply uninformed.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  34. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    Well, maybe they are a little senile.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  35. joshua

    because old folks still have honor, integrity and love of their country, and are looking forward to replacing the current occupant of the oval office with someone that has those same qualities.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  36. texastee10

    Romney established health care in Massachusetts which seems to be working. The older you get more health care is needed. In short, Romney has their back when it comes to health. Other republicans, it's every person for themselves, good luck!.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  37. Jenna Roseville CA

    Why is Mitt Romney so popular with senior citizens?

    Because he acts like he was from their era.

    Jenna
    Roseville

    March 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  38. Rich in Gainesville FL

    As people age, they tend to mellow (although that doesn't seem to apply to you, Jack). Mittens is the candidate you're most likely to fall asleep listening to.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  39. Karl in Flint, MI

    As we get older we tend to get more realistic and practical. We know how we got in this hole and we want to know how the candidates plan to realistically get us out of it. Not who they pray to, or who should pay for birth control or other dimwitted topics. That said, we also tend to get a little draftier and are more easily impressed by smooth talkers without all the hollering and name calling and if we get bored, we can drift off into a nap during their speeches.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  40. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Because they think he's Ward Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  41. jk in MN

    I imagine it's the seniors who may be close to the 1% that love him so much, Jack. Or the seniors haven't really looked at the fact that Mitt endorsed the Paul Ryan gutting of Social Security and Medicare. Mitt's pretty quiet about that little item.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  42. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl as new member of the old fart club i enjoy lots of tv, early bird specials, handicapped parking, and my second childhood (some have trouble distinguishing the two). looking forward to senility and voting for candidates like mitt, but i 'm not there yet.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  43. Dixie

    Mitt Romney is popular with seniors because they've lived long enough to know that the opportunity to sit down and have a beer with the President never happens. Therefore, they vote for the most qualified person.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  44. Mr D

    No wonder they like him. He is the only one with enough money to cover their social security checks.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  45. Paul - North Carolina

    Remember, Jack, senior citizens are also prone to falling victim to con artists. Experts say it is because many of them are out of touch, easily confused and many have limited interpersonal contacts. I am just shy of 65 and have no use for Romney at all. His claims to expertise in economic matters ring hollow, he has zero foreign policy experience and has no clue what the lives of average Americans are like. He also wants to repeal the afoordable care act and would likely gut Social Security and Medicare. Why would seniors support him? Beats the hell out of me.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  46. Joe from Missouri

    I'm a senior citizen, and Romney's not popular with me.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  47. Paul - North Carolina

    Remember, Jack, senior citizens are also prone to falling victim to con artists. Experts say it is because many of them are out of touch, easily confused and many have limited interpersonal contacts. I am just shy of 65 and have no use for Romney at all. His claims to expertise in economic matters ring hollow, he has zero foreign policy experience and has no clue what the lives of average Americans are like. He also wants to repeal the afordable care act and would likely gut Social Security and Medicare. Why would seniors support him? Beats the hell out of me.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  48. Dee, New York

    I don't know what draws seniors to Mitt Romney. I find your "Gives them something to do that day" incomplete sentence insulting however. You need to get out of the office more and see what seniors are doing these days. It is said that with age comes wisdom, so maybe they're on to something.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  49. Charles - San Antonio

    Senior citizens are characterized as grumpy and resistent to change or new ideas (like conservative republicans). They don't like President Obama because he is too young and is messing with thier healthcare. They figure"If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Senior citizens also don't have much longer to live so they don't care if this country goes bankrupt because they will be dead in the future. Also most senior citizens are going senile.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  50. Sylvia in San Diego

    Because age has given Seniors the wisdom to differentiate between someone who is lying (Obama) and someone who is being honest (Romney).

    March 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  51. Gary H. Boyd

    As a senior citizen myself (age 75) it's a matter of trust that endears Romney to me. The man comes across as sincere and genuine. I believe I can trust him to do what he says he will do without political vascillation or influence. Most politicians are opportunistic in the extreme with Barack Obama being a perfect example.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  52. Wilene Rushing

    Govenor Romney seems to be more trustworthy, stable and less likely to be shaken by emergencies. We have seen enough of radical positions. We want to be proud of our President and I believe we can if he is elected.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  53. James, Montana

    Jack, its because most seniors are adverse to change. Most know change will include cleaning up the mess these baby boomers created by ignoring politics and gliding on their parents coat tails. These seniors had it all and left my generation to clean up after their big party.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  54. gilbert macias/Lake elsinore ca

    Mitt Romney is so popular with senior citizens because senior citizens don't care whats going to happen in the next 4 year they are tired and just want to die lol

    March 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  55. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, many seniors have a good retirement and are fairly conservative. They grew up in an era when gays were unacceptable, marriage was between a man and a woman with the typical cottage with two children and a picket fence,
    they are neither very liberal or very conservative, just somewhere in between. That's where they think Romney is. He may be today, unless he's speaking to a GOP crowd. I am also a senior, but realize life is not like that for most people and the political parties are not the same either. I'm not a Romney supporter. I'm with Obama all the way.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  56. Sheilah Rothlisberger

    Because we have an understanding of history. Where we were and where we will be is a concept that Mitt Romney understands. He is connected to the freedon that we all pursue, I encourage uou you listen to his words in Texas 2007 ...

    Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. They were too divided in religious sentiments, what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

    Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot. And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God, they founded this great nation.

    In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine author of liberty. And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed with freedom's holy light.

    God bless this great land, the United States of America.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  57. Jeff In Minnesota

    The older I get, the more I find that a lot of what I worried about when I was young was all BS. People in this country are hurting. People need jobs and places to live. The ability to sustain a middle class is changing radically and requires a total rethink from education to what the new middle class jobs will be. Yet what's important on the campaign trail? Abortion, religion, contraception – all topics that in the scheme of things are unimportant at this time. In this economic climate, if you're not focused on the survival of your fellow citizens and how we are going to keep the US at the forefront, then in my very humble opinion, you have your priorities totally screwed up.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  58. Pete in Florida

    Are you kidding, Jack? I'm a Florida Republican senior, and I think Romney is a smarmy, clueless putz. What in the world does a multi-multi-millionaire have in common with retired folks struggling to get by on Social Security? Nothing! Maybe the seniors that like him are the senile ones; there's certainly plenty of those around, I stumble on several every day. They can't even tell you what day it is, but they know who'd be a good President? I don't think so.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  59. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Romney probably looks like the son they wish they had. :He's corny, non-threatening, and white.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  60. Gail, Plano TX.

    Oh, Jack, the answer is so simple! He's popular with the senior citizens because he is a senior citizen himself! 66 qualifies him to be a charter member of the geriatric group! He's way too old to be President!

    March 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  61. Kirk (Apple Valley, Minnesota)

    Well, he doesn't have ALL seniors on his side. I'm a senior and my opinion of Romney is that I'm amazed he can remain standing as often as he flip-flops and as much as he trys to lean to the far right.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  62. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    At this point, anyone who wants a Republican president is just stupid. Sorry. Romney would destroy the economy are you kidding me?! I have NO idea why any age group likes him. He would be the nail in the coffin.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  63. Eric

    That's simple. Older people are too bound to their party and follow every word of the mainstream media. If the mainstream media say's Romney is the strong candidate, they of course concur. How often do you find an old person on the internet connecting the dots of why goldman sac's funds Obama and Romney? You don't. Old people still believe we have a two party system, rather than one big corporate establishment that plays good cop-bad cop with the left/ring wings to entertain the masses.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  64. JONIQUE

    Please correct that question- why is he so poopular with elderly white men– because they do not know any better.
    They are still waiting for their train to come in. They too think they are entitled. Ask a few Hispanics or African Americans, or smart white women- they know he is for they rich whites. Ask them- I dare you.

    From a smart senior white woman

    March 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  65. Chris from Florida

    I am 60 and I do not trust him any farther than I can throw your CNN Headquarters building.

    March 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  66. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    He keeps that touch of gray and he has a lot of money. People of a certain generation respect wealth. They also aren't paying attention to Republican plans to cut Medicaid because they don't think they will need it. No one ever believes they will need nursing home care – and there is no way to exempt current seniors from such cuts (unlike proposals to turn Medicare into a premium assistance plan).

    March 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  67. Mallen L. Marlowe

    Three reasons, Ron, Newt, and Rick. -Holden Beach, NC

    March 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  68. Sandstone.

    "Well with me and the reason I like him, is because he's a business man, and gone through life within the basics of industry. You need three basic in life 'A Business, jobs with that business, and sales to keep the business alive. Santorun is just another Government-Man and Gingrich is even worse; he's just a Regan-Man. I also like Paul because he's so friendly towards everyday people in all walks of life.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  69. Ralph Nelson

    Because senior citizens have old time values and don't realize he plans to destroy Social Security. They also do not realize he knows little about economics (he has a BA in English) and plans to do (drastic cuts, more tax cuts for rich) what Europe did in 2010 which now has most European countries headed into recession. People never learn you can't cut spending during a recession or you deflate the economy (recession) and have even less revenue coming in even bigger deficits).

    March 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  70. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    He is popular according to statistics with RICH seniors. NOt all seniors. I just viewed some facts in the primary that Mitt gets all the wealthy (no matter the age) voters making over 7 figures. All the wealthy retirees must love that. However, we outnumber them, see you at the polling place.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  71. Renee

    Not surprising, he's at least two or three generations behind in his campaign style. Or their hearing aids could be on the fritz.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  72. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    They are thoughtful and not reactionary. Tlhey don't believe the lies coming from the democratic party and they have loved their country all their lives,( not just when their husband is running for president) and want the best for it.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  73. larry mn

    He reminds them of the marlboro man.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  74. Raymon Horsley

    Lets remember that these are GOP senior citizens. Let us see if they have the same opinion when he is elected and charms them right out of their Social Security and Medicare benefits.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  75. Mitoosense

    It's often said " If you want the truth ask a young person or very old. The reason is they represent the group with the least personal gain. Many seniors remember George Romney as a guy who was a straight talker. Mitt also does not embellish the truth. Both Romneys are somewhat galvanized in apperances as opposed to the gold plated diamonds of Santorum and Gingrich. Mitt is winning because he demonstrates how to get things done. Santorum and Gingrich are doing well to get their names on the ballots. It's clear to me I will vote for the less attractive galvanized Romney who gets the friggin job done!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  76. Ann from Charleston SC

    I am a senior citizen and I don't have a clue why they like Romney. I wasn't aware that senior citizens favored Romney until just now when I read your blog. Thank goodness I am out of touch with my age group!

    March 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  77. Peter Waterman - East Thetford, VT

    Jack, he might be popular with me when I get to be a senior. I have a ways to go...I'm only 76.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  78. Guy - Texas

    Romney is an investment guy. Most retired persons lost their funds with the crash. Romney is seen by the retired crowd as a return to stability in the market and one that understands it unlike Geitner.

    Would you have invested in Solendra knowing that there were flags that it was financially unstable?

    March 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  79. Gerry

    I don't know where you get your information Jack. I am a senior citizen conservative and he isn't so popular with me.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork,Az

    March 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  80. Davilon

    How can any Republican presidential candidate be popular with senoir citizens? Republicans have showed willingness to cut social security and end medicare.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  81. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    The only ones I know of are the old fat, rich evangelicals that live in the northern states

    March 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  82. Layne Alleman

    Jack, As a person who just turned 60, I'm not sure. Having grown-up in a area "swimming" in the kind of money he's use to(though not coming from similar wealth myself), his con of being the "fatherly,friendly, gosh-he'll-take-care-of-us kind of blather is just what these scared, insecure people want to hear. Most of the people my age whom I've spoken to are committed to vote against President Obama, not vote for anyone in particular. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  83. Gigi Oregon

    Mitt Romney's manners are better than the other two. We older Americans lived in a day when people talked and behaved in public decent at the very least. I find it amusing, if health care is so offensive to republicans why did he win his home states? And so what if he/we couldn't carry a tune in a bucket...we still sing with our heart the "America the Beautiful". Ron Paul would get my vote but he can't win this year. And my grand kids are rooting for Ron Paul. We are a family weary of war and the rumor of war. If the republicans want to go to war so bad they need to begin selling War Bonds to see if they can pay cash for it. You can't re-build the united states with jobs and pay for a war to. And most of us know that. So in my opinion President Obama will win and with the help of my conservative vote.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  84. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    Mitt reminds them of the son they always wanted to have. Who went out, became a millionaire, and is now back home to take care of his dear old parents. Unfortunately, he's home to put you in a nursing home, so he can sell the house. Sorry, I can't do better, but this house and your health is a drain on my economy.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  85. Ted

    Obama has fooled a lot of people.He wants government to control everything,even the media. He wants everyone to conform to his agenda. Older people are smarter than younger ones because they know how history can repeat itself. If Obama has his way people will have to do what government says. He is driving America into bankruptcy. Also ,why should I work hard just to have the government take my money and give it to people who do not want to work. Obamas biggest supporters are freeloaders who want the government to give them a free ride.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  86. Deb in MT

    My hubby and I are seniors, and we can't stand the 'vulture capitalist' twit. But then, we already have our car plastered with "Obama 2012" stickers.

    Maybe it's the way Willard tries to rock those Mom jeans he wears?

    March 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  87. Jake in Omaha

    Why is Mitt Romney so popular with senior citizens?

    I am 66 years old and I am not a supporter of Mr. Romeny. Ask Mr. Romeny how many companies he drove into bankruptcy while at Bain Capital; and how many workers lost their pensions. Seniors need to keep both eyes on this guy. He is not good for the senior citizen of America. If Mr. Romeny is elected president he will be free to raid every program that benefits seniors. Starting with Social Security and Medicare.

    March 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  88. Randy

    The same reason jeopardy and wheel of fortune are popular with them. He's familiar. He looks like them, talks like them, and the best asset that the so called "greatest generation" possess is their ability to stick together when they are fearful of those Muslims or those black people or those mexicans or gays or whatever.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  89. Richard Texas

    I think mostly because there is not much else to choose from on the republican ticket. Romney isn't much but they know who he is because the guy has been running for president now for most of his adult life. He has spent far more money on advertising then anyone else and seniors spend a whole lot of time in front of the TV watching Andy Griffith. The commercials come on in between programs and it is hard to avoid them except for bathroom breaks..

    March 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  90. Susan from Idaho

    From his ramblings they think he's one of them. I'll bet ya ten thousands dollars on that.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  91. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Romney is not popular with this senior citizen. He is a once-decent man who has been forced to move further and further to thr right to satisfy those who have taken over the GOP – the far right religious zellots and the Tea Partiers. The social security I receive – I worked for. The medicate I receive – I pay for. What I do in my bedroom and my doctor's office is my business alone. If I needed to still practice birth control – I would. If I felt I absolutely needed an abortion – I would have one. I am intelligent and educated and II do not need any Republican legislator or Rush Limbaugh telling me how to live my life. Mr. Romney, I feel, is truly a good man but is a member of a party I can no support. President Obama in 2012.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  92. Sandra Frye

    i am a young 69 senior and I would never vote for Romney. He wants zero cap gains, zero estate tax, 20% cut which helps the rich, zero corportate tax, a larger military, more naval ships, a war with Iran and says he will balance the budget. This senior doesn't have dementia, Romney does. Or someone left him out from all the math classes we learned you know 1+1=2 not 0+0+0+war= 0 medicare,0 ss, +trillions and trillions in debt along with the dead.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  93. James Ray

    GOP all are crazy and for the rich! All the things they are for have been tried since Reagan! People forget that we had 13% unemployment rates for 2 years under Reagan!! More jobs have been created under Obama in 1 year than with Bush in 8 years!!!! Seems like to me that people have a short memory, huh???

    March 8, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  94. Jason

    It is because Romney is about as square as a Modrian painting.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  95. Mycroft Lake Travis TX

    Simple one Jack ! He's white, he loves snow that looks like powered sugar, the trees when they reach a certain height and unfortunately some of the super elderly seniors have been scared, brainwashed by FOX News and they haven't a clue to who any of these Republican Candidates truly are. The richest 1% seniors they want very bad to hold on to that extra 4% in tax cuts for as long as possible,(just extra security) so in a way they are completely justified. The evangelical seniors should remember a Bible quotation, which is...That it is easier for a camel to pass through an eye of a needle, than a rich man to getting into heaven. Come to think of it Jack,that biblical quote, is probably be as equally important to the Richest 1% of seniors as well. That is if if they are having that kind of inclination.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  96. Joe, Las Vegas

    I don't know Jack, he is not popular with me and I am 63!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  97. Tyler Hill

    Senior citizens are wise with years of experience. They're respect for Mitt should give the rest of the country a clue about who's the best for our country. Haven't we always been told to respect our elders?

    March 8, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  98. M.D. Moorman

    Because he is white and large numbers of the elderly are still mired in the evil of race prejudice.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  99. Jack P.

    For the same reason they like soft, bland food and going to bed early.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  100. Leena Rekola

    They like Romney because he is white

    March 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  101. Mike White

    They will vote for the white guy.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  102. Richard Welch

    I guess the old mith is true. The older you get the smarter your parents get.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  103. Linda in Arizona

    Even some of Romney's more awkward moments – like singing "America the Beautiful" – play well to the plus-65 crowd. Perhaps some of them couldn't hear it.

    Time to ridicule old people again, eh? How about YOU, Mr.65 plus 4? Staring at the big 70 this year, are you not? Are you a fan of Mittens yourself?

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  104. PiedType

    Beats me, Jack. I'm a senior and I wouldn't vote for Romney on a bet. He's totally out of touch with the 99%, and he's changed his positions so often I've lost track of what they are. Or were. Or might be in November.

    Susan
    Denver

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  105. Verlow Haddon

    Because the majority of Republican Senior Citizens have Alzhimers.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  106. Mary Kay Kidwell

    Seniors? Sounds like you've been talking to Seniles! Some of us are intelligent enough to make a studied decision. Don't count me among those old pushovers.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  107. Lak

    People over 65 still feel uneasy about an African American Commander and Chief.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  108. Jens

    From Texas...

    For the senior ladies, Romney is everything they wish their sons were: successful, loyal and providing lots of grandchildren. For the senior guys, his head of hair is enough reason by itself.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  109. Jim A.

    Geez and I thought people got wiser with age, wrong again !

    March 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  110. Stephen McGough

    Jack, its because Mitt's old too
    Steve from PA

    March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  111. Raul Pon

    Because senior citizens do a lot of things that does not involve researching a candidates background, andt Romney's name gets butchered into their brains by the mainstream media, and all that money he has to advertise.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  112. Tyler Peyton, CA

    Romney wears his pants so high, older people can sympathize with him.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  113. Lak

    People over 65 still feel uneasy about having an African American Commander and Chief!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  114. Ron

    Well Jack I think the seniors like him because they can't hear him or any of the others thankfully. Proof that the"golden years can be great.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  115. Greg From Washington

    Of course they support Romney, he's as exciting as a rerun of Jeopardy. Most of them figure they probably won't live long enough to see the long term effect of his presidency, so they may as well vote for the one who looks the best in their newspapers.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  116. Richard in Myrtle Beach SC

    They don't have any passion left and neither does Mitt.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  117. Janice D., Tampa FL

    It' s simple- he looks like Ronald Reagan!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  118. Armen

    He's popular with seniors because seniors have saved up all that cash under their pillow, and Romney keeps on emphasizing how he will create economic growth(probably short-term). That will mainly benefit the seniors who want to live their final years out with peace of mind. Also, gullable seniors plus a persuasive MItt Romney equals the fact that seniors like Romney

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  119. Caleb I

    He has the most signs. Old people like signs.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  120. Mark from New Jersey

    The old saying: "Too soon old, too late smart" comes to mind. I'm close to being in that category, and I wouldn't vote for Romney with a gun to my head.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  121. sharon e oleary

    they must be the senior citizens with alzeimers other wise they just must love clowns.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  122. Tim

    Much like the weekly bridge game and the 5 o'clock buffet, Mitt is bland and inoffensive. Which is exactly what his opponents are not.

    Tim
    Toronto

    March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  123. Shark

    The old fox relate to guys that tie their dogs on the roof of their car I don't know about Rick Santorum.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  124. Stephanie in Seattle

    I know it sounds boring but Romney knows how to get things done. That's what we need. Obama may sound cool and smooth and that appeals to younger people but when you need to accomplish something you need someone with experience and resolve. A while back I heard Joy Beyhart say that Obama needs a slogan and that he'd come up with a good one and he's win. That pretty much sums up the difference. Do you want a cool slogan who's done basically nothing for over 3 years but is now the recipient of an economy that we knew would slowly turn around in spite of him. A guy who spent the first 2 years blaming Bush and the last 2 blaming congress. Or do you want guy who may be a little dry and boring but has been there and done the hard things that are now required in our country. If you are young you should think about the cost you'll insure in your later years for the things you think you want obama to do now. The choice really is clear.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  125. Cathi from Florida

    Charming, really, Williard? Seniors, and I am one, are gullible. They are starved for attention and will send money to s am artist. Williard fits that mold.. Wake up seniors. Romney is a smooth talker!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  126. Jo

    It is quite possible that those seniors who "love" Mitt, don't yet understand that they will voting against thier own self interest, unless of course, they are millionaires like MITT.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  127. Rev. Dr. Carrol Turner

    As a senior, I thought most seniors were fairly intelligent. Indeed, why would seniors vote against their own interest since Romney will gut Social Security and Medicare and give the money to the already rich? I don't understand how people can be so gullible, and I have worked with people my entire professional career.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  128. Cindy Mussavage (New Bern, North Carolina)

    I'm a Senior and I don't like Romney. On the other hand, Jack, do you like older women? I think I love YOU!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  129. Charles R.

    We want Romney because we're old enough to know he's the only one who can get us out of debt. I'm 71 and like Romney, I believe in a working America.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  130. carrie in Alabama

    I could make a joke and say it is because they can 't see nor hear as they once did , but since I am a senior , I will by pass the bad joke and say , beats me Jack, I hear very well and I for one senior do not like what I have heard and what I am hearing from Romney nor any GOP candidate. (certianly no Reagan among them) To me Obama makes a heck of a lot more sense and the more I invertigate this younger republican party the more I find I am in line with the Dems more now. They changed , I haven't! So No to Mitt for this senior!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  131. DIANE

    I have to say dementia is in play here. My mom has professed a liking for all of the GOP candidates at one point, AND SHE IS A LIFELONG DEMOCRAT!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  132. Lu

    Jack, I cannot believe this. I am a senior, and I can speak for 64 others in my group that would not vote Mitt "you're fired" Romney into any office, let alone the Presidency. The seniors you mentioned in your opening statement have to be all millionaires or lonely old women.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  133. Old Geezer

    The seniors like Mittens because he looks like the game show host they watch all day. They watch the debates and they think it's Family Feud.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  134. Todd Sharlow

    I think senior citizens think they lived a great life in a great country, and never seen the country in bad of shape since the great depression. Let's just vote for Romney, and have him destroy what we have left, cause we don't have much longer anyway!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  135. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    As an independent senior curmudgeon, I do not care for him. Should I become neurologically dysfunctional, I might, even not knowing what he intends for healthcare.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  136. sharon e oleary washington state

    they must be senior citizens with alzheimers or they like clowns

    March 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  137. Armen

    Gullable, Rich Seniors plus a persuasive Romney who swears that he will provide economic growth, which will not happen and if it does, it will probably be a short-term energy bubble.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  138. Irene

    We're "Seniors"......but voting for President Obama, Jack. ....NOT Romney!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  139. Christine, Thousand Oaks, Ca

    Old man, old ideas, old voters. Birds of a feather flock together. And, he's white.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  140. Pam

    Jack, I just became a "senior" and I would not vote for Romney, in fact I would not vote for any of them . I wouldn't give you a nickel for a whole car load of politicians, male or female. The only smart ones are the ones that do not run for office.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  141. truth expose'

    Because they'll all be dying soon and they still hate young people for skateboarding on the sidewalks. Or they're stupid, naive, and don't understand the Constitution. Or the CIA's OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD has misled them live in a culture of ignorant fear, and to support the military-intelligence-security industrial complex. They take mainstream media (major newspapers, fox news, ABC, CNN, msnbc, cbs, and their affiliated websites and radio affiliates, etc...) as truth because they're too dumb or lazy to do any additional research. Sorry I'm still a little pissed from Super Tuesday. You're ruining the country!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  142. Ed Truncale / Erial, NJ

    Jack, keep in mind that the over 65 folks at these primaries have been Republicans to start with. Given the choices, an adulterer, a eugenesist, or another guy from Texas, they have to pick Romney. Most Democrats over 65 I know will be voting for President Obama.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  143. Curtis

    Romney is in his 60s himself, so it's no surprise. He is a very experienced man and seniors can connect to that. And it may not just be him, it may be the poor choice in candidates around him. Let's face it, neither Gingrich nor Paul are winning the nomination, and Santorum is so far right, seniors are going to take a negative stance on that.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  144. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Many senior citizens with alziemers are hollow shells of their former selves. Mitt emulates that.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  145. Warren in Minnesota

    Romney is popular with senior citizens? Really. I'm a senior, relatively intelligent, a contributing member of society and hang with other seniors occasionally. None of them I know seem to be enamored of Gov. Perry's brother from another mother from the north. We just hope he can figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.We seem toI hear a lot of "on day one of my presidency, I will (fill in the blank)". Jack, looking into my crystal ball, I don't see a day one for him. But we're looking for another cat to fill an empty seat in the old ice fishing shack if he's looking for something to do.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  146. John Green

    As it happens, the older you are, the more racist you are likely to be.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  147. Yuri from florida

    It's simple Jack.
    Romney is viewed as most favorite candidate because he is white (which by their definition is a must have quality for a president) and because he wants to pass laws that appeal to local businessmen. He also tickles their immediate need for a very near retirement. After all if you are over 60 you are far less concerned about what happens to social security in 40 years. You are less concerned about lack of jobs because you are about to retire. You are less concerned about education reforms and figuring out ways how to pay for everything. But most importantly by being old you feel like you have earned your place in the food chain and do not want what's left of your pension fund paying for people in need. That is what we have become Jack. A nation that does not care.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  148. Tom in Texas

    I turn 71 this weekend and still enjoy Jimi Hendrix, CSN, and Cream. And, I'm part of the lower half of the 99%. Does the Perry Como crowd really understand what will happen to their social security, medicare, military retirement (for vets) and VA benefits if the Romney or any other Republican gets to run the government? The way things are going, if they're too poor or disabled or forget to get a picture ID, they won't have to worry about voting anyway.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  149. Jean Riddle, Prior Lake MN

    Jack, among seniors in my area, whose of us on fixed incomes, he is NOT popular. His "charming" exterior hides what he really intends to do with Medicare and Social Security. Snakes can be "charming" too. SENIORS, beware!!!

    March 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  150. Alexandrea Aland

    I think Romney's popularity is thriving among senior citizens because his ideologies are out of touch and stuck in the past; I simply cannot force myself put my vote behind him. Romney doesn't seem to be putting any sort of effort into energizing young people to vote for him, he's taking the typical business man path and targeting senior citizens, who he knows will go out and vote, rather then taking a risk on our young generation. As a young female and young student, Romney's policies only hurt me. Last Presidential election showed that youth vote does matter, and can even be the critical deciding factor. I'm going to vote for the person who believes in our youth. Our young population is well educated, hardworking, and innovative. We are capable of rising to these challenges, and I believe that Barack Obama is the only candidate who believes in all Americans, not just the one's he's sure are going to show up on election day.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  151. Nancy, Tennessee

    Romney has not said he will start cutting Social Security right now like Santorum has done. It amazes me of all the woes of this country and the first thing some Republicans want to do is slash Social Security. Sure it is in trouble, but it is not self-inflicted. The government has drained the funds and forgets where it got the money – just like your forgetful uncle.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  152. King

    Jack,

    Wait till they find out that Mitt supports the "Ryan Plan" to privatize Social Security & vouchers for health care. Then again, they may not. Go figure!!

    King

    March 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  153. Pete in Georgia

    Uh, maybe it's because they have lived thru years of crooked politicians who do nothing but deceive and Mr. Romney is a breath of fresh air....................a decent human being with no odor of Washington DC on his person.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  154. Sumantro

    Mick Romney ia essentially the moderate vote, the same reason he has had trouble securing the republican party's hardcore conservatives. Seniors come from a generation where moderation and compromise took America forward and made it great. They likely feel that voting for someone too conservative will worsen the deadlock in the Washington-style politics that most people have come to villianize in recent years.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  155. Becky in VA

    I know why the old people like him...he is exactly what parents would hope their daughter would bring home to meet mom and dad as in "marry".....he's not bad looking, educated and rich! And then they would hope their sons end up like him too...educated and rich and not ugly! of course they like him, he is adoptable...

    March 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  156. Gil Fike

    Jack,

    Any pollister that calls me I tell them the opposite of what I will vote for. Do you thnk the seniors are as stupid as the republicans beleve. Romney is in for a surprise in November.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  157. rollie Goss

    Mostly because they have it made! Medicaid and other benefits, why should they care about anyone else. This makes
    it all easy to side with a rich guy.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  158. solomon

    Seniors love mitt simply because senior citizen are more wise voters who knows exactly what is ahead of us that needs priorities to fix which is the economy.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  159. Becky in VA

    Mitt Romney is handsome, educated, and rich...exactly what senior citizens would like to adopt as their own.

    March 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  160. Name*Virginia Atlanta

    I am a 70 year old white woman who lives in Georgia. I am totally for Obama as are many of my elderly friends. (up to 88 years old).

    March 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm |