Majority Of Americans Oppose GOP Efforts To Cut Back Medicare, Social Security

Ruy Teixeira argues that Republican candidates who are calling for the elimination — or significant reduction — of programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, may have a hard time attracting general election voters, who overwhelmingly support the safety-net initiatives. According to a Pew survey, “58 percent thought it was more important to keep Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than take steps to reduce the budget deficit (35 percent),” “59 percent thought it was more important to avoid any future cuts in Social Security benefits,” and the same majorities oppose raising the eligibility age for both programs: