June 12, 2014

2014 Political Polarization Survey

Table 4.8 Future of Social Security

Q125/a/b: Thinking about the long term future of Social Security, do you think (Some reductions in benefits for future retirees need to be considered) OR (Social Security benefits should not be reduced in any way) [RANDOMIZE]?
ASK IF ACCEPTABLE: Should Social Security be (Phased out as a government program) OR (Maintained at a reduced level)[RANDOMIZE]?
ASK IF UNACCEPTABLE: Should Social Security (Cover more people, with greater benefits) OR (Be kept about as it is)[RANDOMIZE]?

These questions are discussed in Section 4 of the report.

No benefit reductions Some benefit reductions
TOTAL Total
%
67
Cover more people, more benefits
%
27
Kept as is
%
37
Total
%
31
Maintain at reduced levels
%
24
Phased out as gov’t program
%
6
(N)3341
PARTY WITH LEANERS
Rep/Rep lean 60 18 40 37 27 9 1,340
Dem/Dem lean 70 33 35 28 23 5 1,572
PARTY ID
Republican 63 19 42 34 25 7 788
Democrat 71 35 34 27 23 4 1,036
Independent 64 24 37 33 25 7 1,320
Lean Republican 57 16 38 41 29 11 552
Lean Democrat 70 31 37 29 24 5 536
IDEOLOGICAL CONSISTENCY
Consistently Conservative 59 12 45 38 25 12 347
Mostly Conservative 59 16 41 37 27 8 625
Mixed 70 29 39 28 20 6 1,179
Mostly Liberal 69 35 31 29 23 6 698
Consistently Liberal 66 31 32 32 30 2 492
SEX
Men 62 22 38 35 27 7 1,631
Women 71 32 36 27 21 5 1,710
AGE
18-49 64 29 33 34 26 7 1,336
50+ 70 25 42 27 21 5 1,960
DETAILED AGE
18-29 59 28 30 38 27 10 483
30-49 66 29 35 31 26 5 853
50-64 68 26 38 29 22 6 1,028
65+ 74 23 48 23 18 4 932
SEX BY AGE
Men 18-49 60 24 35 38 30 8 692
Men 50+ 65 21 42 31 24 6 922
Women 18-49 67 34 31 30 23 6 644
Women 50+ 75 29 42 23 18 4 1,038
RACE
White, non-Hispanic 66 22 41 31 25 6 2,407
Black, non-Hispanic 74 43 29 24 17 7 348
Hispanic 69 36 30 30 22 7 301
EDUCATION
College grad+ 55 19 34 41 33 7 1,378
Post grad 58 17 37 40 33 6 491
College grad 54 19 33 42 33 8 887
Some college 69 28 38 29 22 6 977
HS or less 73 32 38 25 19 6 972
FAMILY INCOME
$75,000+ 57 17 39 39 31 7 1,020
$30,000-$74,999 68 27 40 30 23 6 1,026
<$30,000 72 35 33 27 20 6 971
RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE
Total Protestant 69 27 39 29 22 6 1,673
White NH evang. Prot. 69 21 46 28 22 5 624
White NH mainline Prot. 67 21 43 31 23 7 583
Total Catholic 65 25 37 32 26 6 715
White NH Cath. 65 18 43 33 29 4 496
Unaffiliated 65 27 36 32 26 6 591
ATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Weekly or more 67 26 38 31 22 7 1,270
Less than weekly 66 27 37 31 24 6 2,031
REGION
Northeast 70 26 42 27 22 5 606
Midwest 70 28 39 29 23 5 724
South 64 27 34 33 25 8 1,240
West 66 27 36 31 24 6 771
AMONG REP/LEAN REP
Men 55 13 39 42 32 10 721
Women 67 23 41 31 21 9 619
18-29 55 25 31 43 30 13 163
30-49 57 17 38 40 30 8 315
50-64 63 17 43 34 25 9 430
65+ 67 15 49 30 21 6 417
Agree with Tea Party 54 12 40 43 28 13 555
Disagree/No opinion 64 21 41 34 26 7 761
AMONG DEM/LEAN DEM
Men 68 28 39 31 24 6 709
Women 73 38 32 26 22 3 863
18-29 61 30 31 38 27 10 240
30-49 72 37 33 27 24 3 409
50-64 72 34 36 27 22 4 467
65+ 78 31 45 20 17 2 441
AMONG WHITES
Men 61 17 42 36 29 6 1,177
Women 71 27 40 27 21 5 1,230
18-29 60 24 35 37 27 9 274
30-49 63 24 38 34 28 5 561
50-64 68 23 42 30 23 6 761
65+ 72 19 51 24 19 4 790
College grad 53 16 36 43 35 7 1,091
Some college or less 72 25 44 26 20 5 1,311
College grad men 48 12 36 48 38 8 566
College grad women 57 19 36 39 31 7 525
Some col or less men 66 20 45 31 25 6 609
Some col or less women 77 31 42 21 16 4 702
$75,000+ 57 15 40 39 32 6 839
$30,000-$74,999 67 24 42 31 23 7 760
<$30,000 73 30 40 25 20 4 578