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On “Fixing” Social Security–A Segment of the Public Weighs In

In a mid-March Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, a sampling of slightly over a thousand U.S. adults expressed opinions on what needs to be done as Social Security and Medicare hurtle toward insolvency. Not surprisingly, the majority in this sampling voiced displeasure at any steps that would be viewed as cuts to the current level of benefits provided by these critical programs. While the poll results eschew any thoughts of raising the full retirement age, clearly leaning toward tax increases as the more favored approach, the commentary makes it clear that the general public has a healthy dose of skepticism about legislators’ ability to compromise on a solution. AP writers Amanda Seitz and Hannah Fingerhut, with input from AP writer Fatima Hussein in Washington, provide a summary of these poll results in a post today on Check it out here

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