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Social Security Polling

MoveOn/PPP Nov. 20th 2013

  • Registered voters in key swing districts and states overwhelmingly support increasing Social Security benefits and say that Democrats and Republicans who vote to cut benefits will be punished at the polls.
  • Sens. Murray (WA), Pryor (AR), Hagan (NC), Landrieu (LA), and McConnell (KY), and Reps. Tierney (MA-06), Barber (AZ-02), Bishop (NY-01), Peters (CA-52), Capps (CA-24) all risk losing significant support if they vote to cut Social Security benefits.
  • 67 percent of Arkansas voters support expanding Social Security, while only 21 percent oppose the idea. 71 percent say they would be less likely to vote for their members of Congress if the members voted to cut Social Security.
  • 68 percent of Louisiana voters support expanding Social Security, while only 19 percent oppose the idea. 68 percent say they would be less likely to vote for their members of Congress if the members voted to cut Social Security.

 

NASI January 2013

  • Large majorities of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, agree on ways to strengthen Social Security — without cutting benefits.
  • 84 percent of Americans Social Security benefits do not provide enough income for retirees, and 75 percent believe we should consider raising future Social Security benefits.
  • 88 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of Republicans agree that “it is critical to preserve Social Security even if it means increasing Social Security taxes paid by working Americans.”

 

SSW/PCCC/CREDO/DFA/PPP 2012-2013

  • A majority of voters (in some cases, registered or likely voters) across red, purple, and blue states support expanding Social Security and removing the cap on payroll taxes, while opposing the chained CPI Social Security cut.
  • 56 percent of Texas voters support expanding Social Security benefits, while only 19 percent oppose the idea. 51 percent say that they would be less likely to vote for Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) if he supported cuts to Social Security or Medicare, while only 24 percent would be more likely to support him.
  • 62 of Kentucky voters support removing the cap on payroll taxes, while only 20 percent oppose the idea. 52 percent say they would be less likely to vote for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) if he supported cuts to Social Security or Medicare, while only 15 percent would be more likely to support him.

 

United Technologies/National Journal October 10th 2013

  • 76 percent of poll respondents say they don’t want Social Security spending to be cut at all; just 21 percent say they want spending on the program to be reduced a lot or some.
  • 81 percent oppose any cuts to Medicare, while only 18 percent back reductions of any kind
  • When asked what they fear most about a deficit-reduction plan, a plurality of adults, 35 percent, said that it “would cut too much from government programs like Medicare and Social Security.”

 

AP/NORC Nov 3rd 2013

  • 61 percent of Americans over 50 support raising the cap on earnings that are taxed to fund the Social Security program so higher-income workers pay more.
  • 62 percent oppose the chained CPI Social Security cut, while only 21 percent support it