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?