Voters favor candidates who support preserving Social Security benefits

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has collected new data finding widespread support for Social Security programs, especially among women and younger voters. A few of the highlights:

The large majority of those polled back Social Security programs in order to ensure economic security for themselves in retirement. Seventy percent report that they do not mind paying Social Security taxes because they are sure they will receive benefits when they retire…

An even larger majority value Social Security for the benefits provided to current beneficiaries. Six  out of seven (86 percent) of registered voters do not mind paying Social Security taxes to provide security and stability to millions of retired Americans, the disabled, and the children and widowed spouses of deceased workers…

Well over half of registered voters (58 percent) believe that Social Security benefits should be increased- not cut- to shore up the economic security of retired Americans who lost savings and pensions in the financial crisis. Over 60 percent of young people support increasing benefits for today’s retirees in the wake of the recession.

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