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Is The Social Security System In A Financial Crisis?

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Do you think the funding of Social Security is best described as a crisis, a major problem but not a crisis, a minor problem, or is it not a problem at all?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Apr, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you a pair of statements about the economy. After I read this pair, please tell me whether the first statement or the second statement comes closer to your own view, even if neither is exactly right.)...First statement: The federal deficit is a big national problem but we should not make major changes or cuts in Social Security and Medicare. Second statement: The exploding federal deficit is such a national crisis that we have to cut spending broadly, including possible future cuts to Social Security and Medicare spending....(If First/Second statement, ask:) (Is that strongly or not strongly?)
%
47     First statement strongly
14     First statement not strongly
10     Second statement not strongly
23     Second statement strongly
2     Both (Vol.)
2     Neither (Vol.)
3     Don't know/Refused
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps Poll, [Nov, 2012]




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?
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Sep, 2011]



Social Security Solvency

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Do you think the Social Security system will have the money available to provide benefits for your retirement?
Sample: National registered voters
Peter G. Peterson Foundation Fiscal Confidence Index Poll, [Apr, 2013]




Now I have some more questions about your retirement confidence. How confident are you that the Social Security system will continue to provide benefits of at least equal value to the benefits received by retirees today? Would you say that you are very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Retirement Confidence Survey, [Jan, 2013]




Now I have some more questions about your retirement confidence. How confident are you that the Social Security system will continue to provide benefits of at least equal value to the benefits received by retirees today? Would you say that you are very confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Retirement Confidence Survey, [Jan, 2012]



Social Security As A Major Source of Retirement Income

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When you retire, how much do you expect to rely on each of the following sources of money--will it be a major source of income, a minor source of income, or not a source at all? How about...Social Security?
Note: Asked of those not retired
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2013]




(Now I'd like to talk about your (If Non-retired, ask:) expectations for/(If Retired, ask:) experiences in retirement. I am going to read you several possible sources of income in retirement and I'd like you to tell me whether (If Non-retired, ask:) you expect it to be/(If Retired, ask:) it is a major source of income, a minor source of income, or not a source of income in your, and your spouse's, retirement.) (If Non-retired, ask:) Do you expect...Social Security to be a major source, a minor source, or not a source of income in retirement?
Note: Asked of those non-retired who didn't say they will never retire/those retired
Retirement Confidence Survey, [Jan, 2013]




When you retire, how much do you expect to rely on each of the following sources of money--will it be a major source of income, a minor source of income, or not a source at all? How about...Social Security?
Note: Asked of those not retired
Gallup Poll, [Apr, 2012]



Privatizing Social Security

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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?
CNN/ORC International Poll, [Sep, 2011]




To address financial concerns about the Social Security program would you favor or oppose...changing the program so younger workers can invest their Social Security taxes in private retirement accounts?
Note: Asked of Form 1 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Generations Survey, [Sep, 2011]




As you may know, there is a current proposal that would allow younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in retirement accounts of their choice, which might include stocks, bonds or mutual funds and provide either a lower or higher benefit than Social Security does now. Generally, do you favor or oppose this proposal?
Pew Research Center/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Sep, 2010]



Social Security Taxes

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To address financial concerns about the Social Security program...Would you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose...raising the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes, so that those with higher incomes pay taxes on more of their wages? Is that strongly favor or moderately favor? Is that strongly oppose or moderately oppose?
%
40     Strongly favor
21     Somewhat favor
10     Neither favor nor oppose
11     Moderately oppose
14     Strongly oppose
3     Don't know
*     Refused
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Aug, 2013]




As you may know, Social Security currently pays out more than it collects in taxes. Without any changes, the Social Security Trust Fund will be depleted in 2033, possibly resulting in a benefit reduction of 25 percent or more....To slow down the rising costs of Social Security, would you favor or oppose changing the way benefits are calculated so they increase at a slower rate than they do now?
Reason-Rupe Poll, [May, 2013]




(As you may know, Social Security currently pays out more than it collects in taxes. Without any changes, the Social Security Trust Fund will be depleted in 2033, possibly resulting in a benefit reduction of 25 percent or more.)...Would you favor or oppose raising Social Security taxes to maintain current seniors' benefits today, even if current workers would eventually get back less in benefits than they paid in?
Reason-Rupe Poll, [May, 2013]



Raising the Retirement Age

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To address financial concerns about the Social Security program...Would you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose...gradually raising the age at which people can begin receiving Social Security benefits? Is that strongly favor or moderately favor? Is that strongly oppose or moderately oppose?
%
13     Strongly favor
16     Somewhat favor
10     Neither favor nor oppose
13     Moderately oppose
45     Strongly oppose
2     Don't know
*     Refused
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Aug, 2013]




(Please tell me if you favor or oppose each of the following proposed changes to the Social Security program.)...Raising the eligibility age for Social Security
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Apr, 2013]




(To achieve major reductions in the deficit, Congress and the president (Barack Obama) will have to consider major policy changes. Each of these policies would either produce increased revenue for the government or reduced spending by the government. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it.)...Raise the Social Security retirement age from 67 to 68 beginning in 2023 and raise the early retirement age from 62 to 63 beginning in 2017....(If Favor/Oppose, ask:) (Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?)
Sample: National voters
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Democracy Corps Poll, [Jan, 2013]



From the Archives


(These are the last four questions, and I want to ask you to take them seriously.)...If you had $1,000 to bet on the Super Bowl or $1,000 to pay into the Social Security system, which would give you a better return on your money?
1999 Social Security Survey, [Jan, 1999]




Would you be willing to pay an increased Social Security contribution during your working years to insure you receive the current level of Medicare benefits when you retire?
Note: Asked of non-retired (77%)
Gallup/EBRI Poll, [Jul, 1992]




If no changes are made to the Social Security program over the next twenty years, what do you think will happen? Will Social Security...have no money at all to pay benefits, have only enough money to pay everyone less than half the benefits they would get today, have enough to pay everyone about three-quarters of the benefits they would get today, or have enough o pay full benefits to everyone?
%
28     Have no money at all to pay benefits
35     Have only enough money to pay everyone less than half the benefits they would get today
13     Have enough to pay everyone about three-quarters of the benefits they would get today
11     Have enough to pay full benefits to everyone
13     Don't know
*     Refused
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Americans Discuss Social Security Tracking II Survey, [Jul, 1998]




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36%
answered Strongly favor when asked "(To achieve major reductions in the deficit, Congress and the president (Barack Obama) will have to consider major policy changes. Each of these policies would either produce increased revenue for the government or reduced spending by the government. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it.)...Lift the current payroll tax cap, which exempts wages above 110,100 dollars from Social Security taxes to require upper-income earners to pay more and better fund Social Security....(If Favor/Oppose, ask:) (Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?)"
Democracy Corps Poll, [Jan, 2013]


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