53% Say Voter Approval Needed for Changes To Medicare and Social Security

Rasmussen Reports

Most voters nationwide (53%) believe any changes to Medicare or Social Security should be approved by a vote of the American people.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows 29% do not think such changes require a national vote, while another 17% are not sure.

Women are more supportive than men of requiring a vote before making changes to these entitlement programs. Republicans believe far more strongly in the need for a vote than Democrats and voters not affiliated with either party.

Nearly half of voters (48%) also think any increase in federal taxes should have to be approved by vote of the people. One-in-three (33%) do not see this as necessary, while 20% are not sure.

The health care reform bill recently signed into law by President Obama stated it would “reduce spending on Medicare by several hundred billion dollars.” But prior to the plan’s passing, polling showed 56% of voters opposed this reduction, while 33% favored it. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters also expect an increase in taxes on the middle class to pay for the plan.

The Congressional Budget Office said the health care legislation would reduce the deficit, but voters are skeptical of the official government projections. Eighty-one percent (81%) believe the health care plan will cost more than projected.

To read more, visit: https://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/april_2010/53_say_voter_approval_needed_for_changes_to_medicare_and_social_security
Fifty-eight percent (58%) now favor repeal of the health care plan, just three weeks after Congress passed it.

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