Strong opposition among young people to raising the Social Security retirement age

Washington Policy Watch December 12, 2012 By

A recent Politico-George Washington poll conducted in “battleground” states asked respondents how they would reduce the federal budget deficit.

A significant majority of voters indicated strong support for two proposals:  raising taxes on households earning more than $250,000 (60% favor), raising taxes on corporations (64% favor).

Voters also opposed raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits, with 64% against the idea. Interestingly, strong opposition came from young people age 18-29, 66% of whom opposed raising the retirement age. Opposition was strongest among Gen Xers (30-44) and those nearing retirement (45-59), at 69%.

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