September 1, 2014
CHICAGO (AP) - A poll shows strong opposition among older Americans to most proposals that would cut Social Security benefits.
The survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that about 6 in 10 people age 50 and older oppose changing the way cost-of-living raises are calculated or gradually raising the eligibility age for full Social Security benefits.
Many want more generous benefits. About one-third believes the eligibility age for full benefits should be below 65.
Respondents show more willingness to support proposals that primarily would impact high-earners.
About 4 in 10 people 50 and older support reducing benefits for seniors with higher incomes. About 6 in 10 support raising the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes.
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