From a recent Bloomberg poll based on 1,000 interviews.
Here are some interesting finds. I will post my interpretation of these results in the next post.
- Reduce benefits for Medicare: 15% support/ 82% oppose
- Reduce benefits for Medicaid, which is government help for medical care for low-income people: 26% support/ 72% oppose
- Gradually raise the age of eligibility for Social Security to 69: 37% support/ 60% oppose
- Raise the amount of salary subject to Social Security tax beyond the current limit of about $107,000: 51% support/ 38% oppose
- Replace Medicare with a system in which government vouchers would help participants pay for their own health insurance: 35% support/ 58% oppose
- Eliminate tax cuts the wealthiest Americans have received in recent years: 59% support/ 38% oppose
- Begin means testing for Social Security and Medicare and reduce benefits for the wealthy: 67% support/ 27% oppose
- Impose a tax on Wall Street profits: 70% support/ 24% oppose
Here are some other really interesting results:
When it comes to Social Security, do you favor an approach that keeps the current system in place or an approach that would be a dramatic overhaul? (Alternated with next question every other interview.)
55% Keeps current system in place
38% Dramatic overhaul
7% Not sure
When it comes to Medicare, do you favor an approach that keeps the current system in place or an approach that would be a dramatic overhaul? (Alternated with previous question every other interview.)
50% Keeps current system in place
41% Dramatic overhaul
9% Not sure
The U.S. Congress is considering whether to renew most or all of the Bush tax cuts that expire at the end of December. In your view, what action would be best for the U.S. economy?
19% Extend the tax cuts permanently for all income levels
34% Extend the tax cuts permanently for the middle class but not for those earning $250,000 a year or more
16% Permanently extend the tax cuts for the middle class and extend for only two years the tax cuts for the highest income earners
27% Let all tax cuts expire as scheduled and return rates to previous levels to help cut the deficit
4% Not sure
If Congress decided to raise taxes only for those with the highest household income, should it be for those who earn more than $250,000, more than $500,000 or more than $1 million?
23% $1 million
6% Not sure
Which of the following do you see as the most important issue facing the country right now?
50% Unemployment and jobs
Are you better off or worse off than you were two years ago?
35% Better off
51% Worse off
14% Not Sure
Do you think now is the time for bold and fast change to bring down the federal deficit, even if it means more sacrifice for more people, or is it more important to minimize sacrifices for the American people?
40% Bold and fast change
51% More important to minimize sacrifice
9% Not sure
Other interesting results:
- Repeal the health care overhaul 55% support 40% oppose 5% not sure
- Create a national 6.5% sales tax with revenues specifically going to deficit reduction
46% support: 49% oppose
- Pass a comprehensive immigration law 74% support 20% oppose 6% not sure
- Pass a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman 51% support 46% oppose 3% not sure
- Extend unemployment benefits to those who have been out of work longer than 99 weeks 58% support 39% oppose 3% not sure
- Cut taxes on corporations 31% support 65% oppose 4% not sure
- Cut taxes on individuals 60% support 35% oppose 5% not sure
Thinking forward to the election for president in 2012, do you think Barack Obama deserves to be reelected or deserves to be defeated?
42% Deserves to be re-elected
45% Deserves to be defeated
4% Depends on alternatives (VOL)
9% Not sure