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Social Security

  • 69% of Americans believe that it is more important to protect Social Security and Medicare than it is to reduce the deficit, the highest levels since 1995. Pew December 2013 Political Survey, 12/3-8/13
  • 51% of Americans oppose the chained CPI (to limit the cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security benefits) and only 37% support it. The Washington Post/ABC News poll. April 16, 2013.
  • 90% of Americans want to maintain or increase Social Security spending.  Pew Research Center, February 13-18, 2013
  • 56% oppose raising the Social Security retirement age to reduce federal deficits. Pew Research. December 13, 2012.
  • 54% of Americans think it’s a bad idea to adjust cost of living calculations to lessen Social Security benefits in the future. Omnibus/YouGov. December 5, 2012.
  • 80% of Americans don’t mind paying for Social Security because they value it for themselves.
  • 84% don’t mind paying for it because it provides disability and survivor’s insurance.
  • 82% favor preserving Social Security for the future even if that means raising Social Security taxes on working Americans.
  • 84% of Americans believe Social Security doesn’t provide enough for retirees.
  • 75% of Americans believe we should consider raising Social Security benefits in the future.
  • 87% of Americans not receiving benefits say it will be important to their financial stability.
  • 72% of Americans receiving Social Security say they would not be able to afford some basic needs without it. National Academy of Social Insurance. January 31, 2013.
  • 64% of voters surveyed say we should maintain Social Security and Medicare benefits; only 17% disagree. AFL-CIO. November 7, 2012.
  • 88% believe it is extremely/very important that “Obama take steps to ensure long term stability in Social Security.” Gallup. November 9-12, 2012.
  • 60% said there should be no more major cuts to Social Security.
  • 50% support the statement, “Given where our economy is, we should do everything we can to help the middle class, and that means protecting Medicare and Social Security.” Democracy Corps. November 9, 2012.
  • 56% of people oppose gradually raising the retirement age for Social Security. Pew Research Center. October 4-7, 2012.
  • 53% of people favor keeping the same benefits and raising taxes to keeping the same taxes and lowering benefits. AP-GfK Poll. August 16-20, 2012.

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