A recent survey from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research affirmed what many 2012 Presidential hopefuls are finding out – most Americans strongly favor Social Security and all of its programs (that is, retirement, survivor and disability benefits).
The survey examined responses across sexes and political affiliations. Some of its findings include the following:
- Support for Social Security in general is strongest amongst women.
- Just 12 percent of women and 16 percent of men think we spend too much on Social Security.
- The majority of both sexes think the government should increase benefits.
- 74 percent of women and 69 percent of men do not mind paying Social Security taxes in exchange for later retirement benefits.
- Interestingly enough, a higher percentage of both sexes – 88 percent of women and 82 percent of men – do not mind paying the taxes because of the security the benefits provide to the disabled and to families of deceased workers.
- The majority of Democratic, Republican and Independent voters believe that Social Security benefits should not be cut.
- The majority of Americans think that benefits should increase if that is what it takes to provide a secure retirement for working Americans during tough economic times like recent years.
What do you think about these numbers? Do any of them surprise you? Our Tulsa SSI lawyers would like to know what you think the federal government should do about Social Security in the coming years.
Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys