From Taxing the Rich to Defunding the Program – What do You Think About Social Security?

Support the program?

Do you support the U.S. Social Security program?

78% Said
Yes, it’s a huge help
22% Said
No, it drains the economy
77% of Men Said
Yes, it’s a huge help
23% of Men Said
No, it drains the economy
82% of Women Said
Yes, it’s a huge help
18% of Women Said
No, it drains the economy

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Dems want more funding

Democratic presidential candidates want to increase funding for Social Security. Do you support more money going into the program?

40% Said
Yes I do
60% Said
No, leave it as is
42% of Men Said
Yes I do
58% of Men Said
No, leave it as is
39% of Women Said
Yes I do
61% of Women Said
No, leave it as is

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Raising the retirement age

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

26% Said
Totally
74% Said
I don’t think so
25% of Men Said
Totally
75% of Men Said
I don’t think so
33% of Women Said
Totally
67% of Women Said
I don’t think so

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Age or funding?

Jeb Bush says the retirement age for Social Security needs to increase from 65 to 68 or 70 to sustain the program. Should the age increase of Social Security’s funding?

38% Said
Age
62% Said
Funding
40% of Men Said
Age
60% of Men Said
Funding
32% of Women Said
Age
68% of Women Said
Funding

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What longer lives really mean

Do you think a longer life expectancy translates to longer careers?

65% Said
Yes, more years to work
35% Said
No, more years unable to work
64% of Men Said
Yes, more years to work
36% of Men Said
No, more years unable to work
69% of Women Said
Yes, more years to work
31% of Women Said
No, more years unable to work

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Young retirees

Do you think there are too many young retirees?

27% Said
I think so
73% Said
No
24% of Men Said
I think so
76% of Men Said
No
37% of Women Said
I think so
63% of Women Said
No

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Get rid of it?

Should the U.S. phase out social security?

31% Said
Eventually
69% Said
No, it’s essential
32% of Men Said
Eventually
68% of Men Said
No, it’s essential
25% of Women Said
Eventually
75% of Women Said
No, it’s essential

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Annual incomes and SS

Should Social Security be provided to people still receiving an annual income?

78% Said
Yes, they’ve earned it
22% Said
No, they don’t need it
77% of Men Said
Yes, they’ve earned it
23% of Men Said
No, they don’t need it
86% of Women Said
Yes, they’ve earned it
14% of Women Said
No, they don’t need it

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Who should qualify?

Should Social Security go to people who have reached a certain age, or to people no longer able to work?

84% Said
Reached a certain age
16% Said
Not able to work
84% of Men Said
Reached a certain age
16% of Men Said
Not able to work
83% of Women Said
Reached a certain age
17% of Women Said
Not able to work

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Does the type of job matter?

Should all workers be treated the same when it comes to Social Security? Or should seniors with more labor-intensive jobs be allowed to collect at a younger age?

81% Said
Treat them the same
19% Said
Depends on the job
81% of Men Said
Treat them the same
19% of Men Said
Depends on the job
82% of Women Said
Treat them the same
18% of Women Said
Depends on the job

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Dipping into SS

Should the Federal government be allowed to dip into Social Security to help pay for other programs?

0% Said
If needed
100% Said
Not at all
0% of Men Said
If needed
100% of Men Said
Not at all
0% of Women Said
If needed
100% of Women Said
Not at all

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Tax the rich

Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to increase taxation on the rich to increased funding for Social Security. Do you support this plan?

8% Said
Absolutely
92% Said
Nope
7% of Men Said
Absolutely
93% of Men Said
Nope
10% of Women Said
Absolutely
90% of Women Said
Nope

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No longer a safety net

Some argue that Social Security was meant as a safety net for when one’s retirement plan fell through. Now people use it as their sole retirement plan. Should that be allowed?

72% Said
Yes, times change
28% Said
No, don’t gift the unprepared
68% of Men Said
Yes, times change
32% of Men Said
No, don’t gift the unprepared
83% of Women Said
Yes, times change
17% of Women Said
No, don’t gift the unprepared

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Will it still be there?

Do you think Social Security will still be in place by the time you retire?

67% Said
I think so
33% Said
I doubt it
66% of Men Said
I think so
34% of Men Said
I doubt it
74% of Women Said
I think so
26% of Women Said
I doubt it

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Paying it back

The Social Security Administration notified an 85-year-old man they had overpaid his Social Security for 20 years. Now they are demanding he pay back $38,192. Should this be allowed?

9% Said
Fair is fair
91% Said
No, that’s absurd
12% of Men Said
Fair is fair
88% of Men Said
No, that’s absurd
0% of Women Said
Fair is fair
100% of Women Said
No, that’s absurd

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Is it enough?

Most on Social Security receive monthly payments of about $1,500. Do you think this is enough?

35% Said
Yes, they’ll stop
65% Said
No, things will get worse
33% of Men Said
I do
67% of Men Said
No
29% of Women Said
I do
71% of Women Said
No

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Can it work?

Elizabeth Warren wants to give the roughly 64 million Americans on Social Security an extra $200 a month. Do you think this is feasible?

12% Said
Yes, she has a plan
88% Said
No way, cheap talk
4% of Men Said
Yes, she has a plan
96% of Men Said
No way, cheap talk
5% of Women Said
Yes, she has a plan
95% of Women Said
No way, cheap talk

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Good intentions?

Some criticize Warren of making lofty Social Security promises to secure the elderly vote. Do you think her promises are genuine or a political ploy?

4% Said
Genuine
96% Said
Political ploy
5% of Men Said
Genuine
95% of Men Said
Political ploy
0% of Women Said
Genuine
100% of Women Said
Political ploy

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Defund SS?

Would you support repaying Americans and defunding Social Security?

29% Said
Absolutely
71% Said
Terrible idea
33% of Men Said
Absolutely
67% of Men Said
Terrible idea
12% of Women Said
Absolutely
88% of Women Said
Terrible idea

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Taking care of the elderly

Do you think the United States does enough to take care of its elderly population?

35% Said
I think so
65% Said
No, not enough
39% of Men Said
I think so
61% of Men Said
No, not enough
15% of Women Said
I think so
85% of Women Said
No, not enough

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