Fix Social Security in One Simple, Overwhelmingly Popular Step

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 1/20-23. Registered voters. MoE 3.1% (No trend lines)

Currently, workers pay social security payroll taxes on up to $106,800 of their salary. To ensure the long-term viability of Social Security, would you rather have people pay social security taxes on salaries above $106,800, or would you rather see benefits cut and the retirement age increased to age 69?


        payroll cap   Cut benefits

All         77            10

Dem         84             4

GOP         69            17

Ind         77            11

Tea Party   67            20

18-29       80             0

30-45       69            17

46-65       82             8

65+         75            13

$0-30K      79             5

$30-50K     75            11

$50-75K     79             7

$75-100K    78            13

$100K+      72            18

The numbers above are stark. The largest proponents of cutting benefits are the Tea Party folks, and just 20 percent of them opt for the austerity solution. Even among those most affected — people making over $100,000 per year — only 18 percent opt for benefits cuts rather than raising the payroll tax cap. And for those least affected — the youngest cohort — the poll couldn’t pick up any support for cutting benefits.

Yet outside of the punditry, the DC political class, and a tiny fringe, no one wants benefits cuts.

Democrats could be scoring mad political points by going on the offensive, vowing to defend Social Security against all enemies, and fighting to equalize the program’s tax burden. (I wouldn’t just raise the cap on payroll taxes entirely, but I’d also use the increased revenues to lower payroll taxes on the low and middle classes and/or lower the retirement age.)

But no, raising the cap is off limits, and the entire political establishment is focused on delivering more pain to seniors.

There’s no better illustration of how DC is broken than this.


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  1. Democrats could be scoring mad political points

    yeah, that’s what we need to fix our problems. more of them mad political points.

    dumbass choices, dumbass poll. dumbass answer.

  2. fuster wrote:

    dumbass choices, dumbass poll. dumbass answer.

    Assuming the poll is accurate, it suggests substantial residual support for a less regressive Social Security financing system.

    If you’re going to be so smartass about attacking the dumbass, you owe it to your fans to elucidate your non-dumbass position on the choices, popular opinion, and the best answer.

  3. Well the Frog has spoken, let his will be done, Seriously, though, a Kos poll, Highlander, didn’t they have to dismiss their previous pollster, hasn’t PPP flubbed on a number of occasions.

  4. miguel cervantes wrote:

    hasn’t PPP flubbed on a number of occasions.

    Who hasn’t? It’s a legitimate firm, not a fly-by-night operation, not the pollster they got rid of, and this isn’t a reasonably or even remotely close horse race poll. You’d have to assume it’s a complete fraud to assume it has no relation to actual opinion.

  5. you offer two choices, one of which involves cutting benefits or expected benefits to nearly all of the respondents and the other involves funding the shortfall in the insurance plan by getting the money from a small segment of the population.
    quelle suprise that most people favor having the other guy pay the freight.

    what percentage of people earn more than $100k in salary???
    how much would they each have to kick in to close the gap?

    That’s just for starters.

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