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State Polls: Social Security Falls Flat

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As the saying goes, all politics is local. So how is President Bush’s push for Social Security going on the state level? In a word: badly. Even in the red states. Here’s a look at some recent state polling:

Montana: “Montanans oppose switching to personal Social Security investment accounts by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, according to a statewide opinion poll conducted for the Great Falls Tribune. Nearly 59 percent of the 405 adults surveyed oppose the idea, while nearly 30 percent support it.” [Great Falls Tribune, 2/3/05]

Kentucky: “49 percent think the president’s plan for private investment accounts for workers under 55 is a bad idea, while 40 percent support it.” [Courier-Journal, 2/14/05]

New Hampshire: “54 percent of New Hampshire adults believe that allowing private investment of some Social Security taxes is a bad idea, while 32 percent like the concept.” [UNH Survey Center Granite State Poll, 2/15/05]

Maine: “68 percent of those surveyed would continue the program’s guaranteed monthly benefits, while 24.5 percent would allow younger workers to decide how some of their own contributions are invested.” [Strategic Marketing Services, 2/4/05]

The AARP conducted a poll in several states where it explained to those that support private accounts that privatization could lead to benefit cuts, greater federal debt, or the passing of debt to our children. (All stuff that would happen). Here’s a summary of the results:

Arkansas: “[T]he initial 46% of the adult public who favor private accounts drops to between 14% and 24% depending on the consequence presented.” [AARP, 2/3/05]

Florida: “[T]he initial 47% of the adult public who favor private accounts drops to between 13% and 27% depending on the consequence presented.” [AARP, 2/3/05]

Nebraska: “[T]he initial 50% of adult Nebraskans who favored private accounts drops to between 14% and 31% depending on the consequence presented.” [AARP, 2/3/05]

North Dakota: “[T]he initial 44% of the adult public who favor private accounts drops to between 12% and 29% depending on the consequence presented.” [AARP, 2/3/05]

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