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Polling Says People Want Medicare, Social Security Left Alone

Polling Says People Want Medicare, Social Security Left Alone

Swing state senators, it’s time to pay attention.  Recent polling from the Progressive Change Committee has shown what most people have suspected: the Republican plan to close the deficit — and extend tax cuts for the wealthy — by cutting social safety net programs like Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security are highly unpopular.  For senators who might be likely to potentially waver on cuts, such as Democrats Claire McCaskill, Sherrod Brown, John Tester and Amy Klobuchar, all of whom had said they would consider such cuts to reduce debt, the opinions of their constituents are pretty clear.

Don’t do it.

Via Huffington Post:

McCaskill’s Missouri shows the largest divide in surveys done by the Democratically friendly Public Policy Polling, especially on Medicare. When asked, “In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Medicare, which is the government health insurance program for the elderly?” just 19 percent of respondents said they would, while an overwhelming 77 percent said they would oppose cuts.

Similarly, 20 percent back cuts in Brown’s Ohio, while 76 percent oppose them. In Tester’s Montana, it’s 24 percent favoring cuts and 71 percent against. Just 26 percent of Minnesotans would want Klobuchar to vote to cut Medicare, while 69 percent say to vote against.

The numbers are almost as sharp on support for cutting Medicaid in all four states: Ohio is 33 percent in favor to 61 percent against; Missouri is 32 percent to 63 percent; Montana is 36 percent to 59 percent; and Minnesota 33 to 62 percent.

The opinions on Social Security are much the same, as Talking Points Memo reports:

Ask the voters and they’ll tell you: Social Security cuts are off the table when it comes to cleaning up the budget mess in Washington.

Fresh polling from Ohio, Missouri, Montana and Minnesota published first by TPM show voters in the states overwhelmingly oppose any cuts to the Social Security entitlement program, even in the name of reducing the national debt. The coalition of progressive groups which sponsored the survey say the polls send a clear message to the Democratic Senate incumbents up for reelection in each state: cut Social Security and you’ll incur the wrath of an angry electorate.

In order to reduce the national debt, would you support or oppose cutting spending on Social Security, which is the retirement program for the elderly?

Ohio: 16% support, 80% oppose
Missouri: 17% support, 76% oppose
Montana: 20% support, 76% oppose
Minnesota: 23% support, 72% oppose

Now comes the real question — do politicians really listen to the will of the voters?  And if not, are they prepared for their ire heading into a reelection year?

 

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10:25PM PDT on May 24, 2011

They seldom listen to us, they have their and their lobbyists agendas, so they don't need to hear from us. I get 4 to 5 letters a week from my senators and congressman, thanking me for writing and then explaining why they can't or won't do what I asked. It is time to stop the lobbyists, and set term limits.

9:01PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Wake up you stupid Republicans! The baby boomers are many and have worked hard for their entitlements. Do not mess with the Baby Boomers or YOU will be looking for jobs in this jobless economy! Want to be popular- create jobs!

8:56PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Helen,
You shouldn't be so obsessed with those Koch brothers. Rather, you should be very concerned with george soros!!!! He is making obama change our country into a third world!!!

8:53PM PDT on May 24, 2011

"Paul dear,"

You are absolutely right about medicare
being cut by $500 billion.

8:45PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Mary L,
What will happen after 2030? Aren't you at all concerned for the younger people, like the children and grandchildren???

6:35PM PDT on May 24, 2011

You think?

2:57PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Recall all Republicians

2:54PM PDT on May 24, 2011

The Republicans have tried to get rid of Medicare, caid and Social Security ever since they were implemented.

12:03PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Those that do support a cut in medicaid, medicare, and Social Security ought to be offered a waiver allowing them to opt out of such programs. There problem solved and without any cuts to programs the american people want.

10:46AM PDT on May 24, 2011

Why in this world are you showing a picture of a Blue Dog Democrat in this article? Claire McCaskill, from Missouri, voted to continue the oil subsidies, so what does she care about social security and medicare. She's married to a millionaire who financed her run for her office!
I'm a 68 year-old three year cancer survivor, and social security, medicare and medicaid are what I need to survive.... just as many others in this country, and to take that away from us is more or less committing genocide... pure and simple. Most "average" people understand that... it's the rich, "I don't give a damned" politicians who don't.

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