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two-thirds of Voters View Social Security
Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey
finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters view
Social Security at least somewhat favorably,
but 32% have an at least somewhat
unfavorable opinion of the program...This
includes 28% who view it Very Favorably and
10% Very Unfavorably
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Similarly, 61% hold an at
least somewhat favorable regard for
Medicare, including 27% with a Very
Favorable opinion. But 34% view the
government health insurance program for the
elderly at least somewhat unfavorably, with
10% who have a Very Unfavorable opinion of
Voters over 40 are more
enthusiastic fans of the programs than those
who are younger. Eighty-eight percent (88%)
of voters 65 and older view Social Security
favorably, while 85% in that age group say
the same of Medicare. However, roughly half
of voters under the age of 40 view both
programs unfavorably or have no opinion of
them at all.
As Congress debates ways to
cut the massive federal deficit, the
majority of voters now understand that most
of the federal budget goes to national
defense, Medicare and Social Security.
But 64% say any proposed changes in either
Social Security or Medicare should be
submitted to the American people before it
can become law.
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The national survey of 1,000
Likely Voters was conducted on June 21, 2011
by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling
error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95%
level of confidence. Field work for all
Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse
Opinion Research, LLC.
Just last September, only 47%
of voters agreed that Social Security is
a good deal for working Americans today.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) are not very or
not at all confident that they will receive
all their promised Social Security benefits
during their lifetimes.
During the congressional
debate prior to passage of the national
health care plan in March of last year, 56%
of voters opposed the effort
to “reduce spending on Medicare by
several hundred billion dollars.”
Political liberals view both
Social Security and Medicare more favorably
than conservatives. Democrats like both
programs more than Republicans and voters
not affiliated with either party do.
But the majority of voters
across all demographic categories hold a
favorable view of the two government
Dictionary describes a Ponzi scheme as “an
investment swindle in which some early
investors are paid off with money put up by
later ones in order to encourage more and
bigger risks.” But just 27% of voters agreed
with Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate
Ron Johnson last year that Social
Security is a Ponzi scheme.
However, Johnson was elected to the U.S.
The current full
retirement age for Social Security is
66, and 51% of voters oppose a proposal to
raise that to 70. But 60% like the idea of
raising the level of income taxable for
In August 2009, 49% of voters
said working Americans should be allowed
to opt out of Social Security and
provide for their own retirement planning.
Additional information from
this survey and a full
demographic breakdown are
available to Platinum