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?