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      Social Security        See also: Federal budget  

 
 

CBS News Poll. Jan. 17-21, 2014. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Overall, do you think the benefits from Social Security are worth the cost of the program for taxpayers, or are they not worth the cost?"

 
    Worth it Not
worth it
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

1/17-21/14

73 21 6

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 11-14, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you support or oppose changing the way Social Security benefits are calculated so that benefits increase at a slower rate than they do now?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

4/11-14/13

37 51 11

 

 


 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. Feb. 15-18, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"How certain are you that Social Security will be there if you need it in retirement? Do you think it will definitely be there, probably be there, probably not be there, or definitely not be there if you need it?"

 
    Definitely
be there
Probably
be there
Probably not
be there
Definitely not
be there
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

2/15-18/13

15 39 30 13 3
             

"Do you favor or oppose creating a sliding scale for Social Security so that poorer people get more benefits and wealthy people get fewer benefits?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/13

59 35 6

 

 

             

"Do you favor or oppose reducing the cost-of-living adjustment that automatically increases the amount of benefits Social Security pays out to help the program remain financially secure?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/13

64 27 9

 

 

             

"Do you think a major overhaul of Social Security is or is not necessary to substantially reduce the deficit?"

 
    Necessary Not
necessary
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

2/15-18/13

51 39 10

 

 


 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Aug. 16-20, 2012. N=1,006 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

             

If not retired: "How important do you expect each of the following to be to your financial security in retirement? How about Social Security? How important will that be to your financial security in retirement: extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important or not at all important?"
If retired: "How important are each of the following to your financial security in retirement? How about
Social Security? How important is that to your financial security in retirement: extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important or not at all important?"

 
    Extremely
important
Very
important
Moderately
important
Slightly
important
Not at all
important
    % % % % %
 

8/16-20/12

38 32 13 9 6
 

5/5-9/11

42 28 13 10 6
             

"How likely is it that you will be able to rely on Social Security benefits to provide income throughout your entire retirement? Would you say that is extremely likely, very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

 
    Extremely
likely
Very
likely
Somewhat
likely
Not too
likely
Not at all
likely
    % % % % %
 

8/16-20/12

11 18 30 19 18
 

5/5-9/11

15 19 30 19 16
             

"If you had to choose, which would you prefer: raising the age at which people can get Social Security but keeping monthly benefits the same for everyone, OR, keeping the age at which people can get Social Security the same as it is now, but reducing monthly benefits for future generations?"

 
    Raise age,
same benefits
Same age,
reduce
benefits
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

8/16-20/12

53 35 10 2

 

             

"If you had to choose, which would you prefer: raising Social Security taxes so that the benefits can be kept the same for everyone, OR, keeping Social Security taxes at the same rate they are at now, but reducing the benefits for future generations?"

 
    Raise taxes,
same benefits
Same tax
rate, reduce
benefits
Unsure Refused  
    % % % %  
 

8/16-20/12

53 36 9 3

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 23-25, 2011. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Would you say that the Social Security system has been good for the country, has been bad for the country, or has had no effect on the country?"

 
    Good Bad No effect Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

9/23-25/11

79 15 5 1

 

             

"And how about you personally? Would you say that the Social Security system has been good for you personally, has been bad for you personally, or has had no effect on you personally?"

 
    Good Bad No effect    
    % % %    
 

9/23-25/11

38 12 50

 

 

             

"Which of these statements do you think best describes the Social Security system? It is in a state of crisis. It has major problems. It has minor problems. OR, It does not have any problems."

 
    In a state
of crisis
Has major
problems
Has minor
problems
Doesn't have
any problems
 
    % % % %  
 

9/23-25/11

22 49 25 4

 

             

"Do you think that the Social Security system is something that the U.S. Constitution allows the federal government to do, or do you think the Social Security system is unconstitutional?"

 
    Allows Does not
allow
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/23-25/11

73 21 6

 

 

             

"As you may know, a proposal has been made that would allow workers to invest part of their Social Security taxes in the stock market or in bonds, while the rest of those taxes would remain in the Social Security system. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

9/23-25/11

52 46 2

 

 

 

10/3-5/08

36 62 2

 

 

 

6/26-29/08

47 48 4

 

 


 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 9-11, 2011. N=1,038 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Please tell me which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion about the Social Security program. The Social Security program has no serious problems, certainly none that require changing the current system. Social Security has minor problems that can be fixed with minor changes to the current system. Social Security's problems are serious and can be fixed only with major changes to the current system. Social Security's problems are so bad that the system should be replaced."

 
    Doesn't need
changes
Needs minor
changes
Needs major
changes
Should be
replaced
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

9/9-11/11

4 28 55 12 1
             

"The Social Security system has been described as a 'monstrous lie' and as a failure. Do you think those phrases are an accurate description of the Social Security system, or don't you think so?"

 
    Accurate Not
accurate
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

27 72 1

 

 

 

18-34 years

42 58 -

 

 

 

35-49

25 73 1

 

 

 

50-64

21 78 1

 

 

 

65 & older

14 84 1

 

 

 

Democrats

20 79 1

 

 

 

Independents

31 68 1

 

 

 

Republicans

31 69 -

 

 


 

Pew Research Center. June 15-19, 2011. N=1,502 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Now thinking about the way some things work in this country, do you think the Social Security system in this country works pretty well and requires only MINOR CHANGES, do you think it needs MAJOR CHANGES, or do you think it needs to be COMPLETELY REBUILT?"

 
    Minor
changes
Major
changes
Completely
rebuilt
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

41 34 18 7

 

 

2/06

35 36 26 3

 

 

1/05

47 34 15 4

 

             

"Now a different kind of question. Which of the following statements comes closer to the way you feel, even if neither is exactly right? Older people who can afford it need to give up some government benefits to help the country overcome its economic problems. The government needs to keep its promises to older people by maintaining their benefits, even for those who are well-off."

 
    Give up
some benefits
Keep its
promises
Both/Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

33 62 2 3

 

             

"From what you know, how good a job does each of the following do serving the people it covers? Does Social Security do an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job serving the people it covers?" If respondent says they are not covered by the program: "Just your impression from what you know about it."

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/15-19/11

7 32 40 16 5
             

"And from what you know about its financial condition, is Social Security in excellent, good, only fair, or poor shape financially?"

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

6/15-19/11

2 16 32 45 5
             

"What is more important: taking steps to reduce the budget deficit, or keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are?"

 
    Reducing
the budget
deficit
Keeping
benefits as
they are
Both
equally (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

32 60 4 5

 

 

2/95

24 70 2 4

 

             

"Thinking specifically about Social Security, which do you think is MORE important when it comes to Social Security's future: avoiding any Social Security tax increases for workers and employers, or avoiding any future cuts in Social Security benefit amounts." Options rotated

 
    Avoiding tax
increases
Avoiding
benefit cuts
Both/Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

33 56 4 6

 

             

"If there are financial sacrifices that come with changing Social Security should people of all income levels share in the financial sacrifices, or should higher-income people who can most afford it make the financial sacrifices?" Options rotated

 
    People of
all income
levels should
share
Higher-
income
people make
sacrifices
Both/Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

6/15-19/11

42 53 2 4

 


Social Security continued


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