Most in new poll say government should help Americans age in homes, not institutions

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Most people believe the government should help people age in their own homes and not in institutions, according to a poll from The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The poll found that 60 percent of people showed support for the approach of having the government help people grow older in their own homes.

But when it comes to setting up a long-term insurance program that might make this a reality, the poll found a significant split along party lines. 

Seventy-eight percent of Democrats agreed with setting up a long-term insurance program, compared to 42 percent of Republicans. 

The poll found more agreement on other issues.

Sixty-three percent of those polled favored providing funding to help low-income people age at home, with only 10 percent registering opposition to this idea. 

The poll surveyed 1,114 people from Feb. 12 to March 3 and had a sampling error of 3.7 percentage points.

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