Highlights: Strengthening Social Security: What Do Americans Want?

Published: January 2013

This eight-page summary highlights key sections of the full report, Strengthening Social Security: What Do Americans Want?

The study explored Americans’ views on Social Security across generations, income levels, and political party affiliation and used trade-off analysis, a market research technique, to explore the kinds of policy changes Americans want for Social Security

The findings examine whether Americans would...

  • ...raise the retirement age to 68 or 70?
  • ...means test benefits for the well-to-do?
  • ...increase the Social Security tax that all workers and employers pay?
  • ...raise the cap on earnings that are taxed and counted toward Social Security?
  • ...use the chained CPI to produce a slightly lower cost-of living adjustment?
  • ...increase benefits for long-serving low-paid workers?
  • ...increase the COLA to reflect inflation experienced by seniors?
  • ...reinstate student benefits for children of disabled or deceased workers?

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