Mini Poll: A Ponzi Scheme?


Do you think the Social Security system 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:
 47%
Major changes:
 28%
Completely rebuilt:
 14%
Just leave it alone:
 10%

 


Do you think the Social Security system will be able to pay you a benefit when you retire?


Yes:
 72%
No:
 22%
No, because I am not in the Social Security System:
 5%

Age 32 and Under:

Yes:
 37%
No:
 61%
No, because I am not in the Social Security System:
 2%

Age 42 and Under:

Yes:
 39%
No:
 58%
No, because I am not in the Social Security System:
 3%

Age 52 and Under:

Yes:
 54%
No:
 41%
No, because I am not in the Social Security System:
 5%
 

 


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." Or: "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, based on need:
 48%
Keep all benefits, regardless of need:
 52%

 


From what you know about its operation, how good a job does Social Security do in serving the people it covers now?


Excellent:
 26%
Good:
 45%
Only fair:
 20%
Poor:
 9%

 


From what you know about its financial condition, what kind of shape is the Social Security system in?


Excellent:
 4%
Good:
 29%
Only fair:
 34%
Poor:
 34%

 


Which is the more important public policy: reducing the budget deficit or keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are?


Reducing the deficit:
 46%
Keeping benefits as they are:
 54%

Age 62 and Under:

Reducing the deficit:
 46%
Keeping benefits as they are:
 54%

Over Age 62:

Reducing the deficit:
 44%
Keeping benefits as they are:
 56%

 


Which is the more important public policy: avoiding any Social Security tax increases for workers and employers or avoiding any future cuts in Social Security benefit amounts?


Avoiding tax increases:
 29%
Avoiding benefit cuts:
 71%

 


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?


Share the sacrifice:
 42%
Higher-income people should make the sacrifice:
 58%

 


Which major political party most reflects your own views about Social Security?


Democrats:
 62%
Some Republicans:
 26%
Other Republicans:
 12%

 


Gov. Rick Perry of Texas described Social Security as "a monstrous lie." Do you agree with that description of Social Security?


Agree:
 23%
Disagree:
 77%

 


Which of the following is closest to your current age, without going over?


12:
 0%
22:
 4%
32:
 6%
42:
 14%
52:
 23%
62:
 34%
72:
 15%
82:
 2%
92:
 0%
102:
 0%

 


Do you currently receive a Social Security check?


Yes:
 29%
No:
 71%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.