Most Don't Count on Social Security Benefits

By Chris Good

This weekend will mark the 75th anniversary of Social Security, and while Democrats are pushing Social Security as a campaign issue in races across the country, hitting Republican candidates for supporting privatization or a phasing out of benefits, most respondents to a CNN/Opinion Research poll say they don't count on full benefits continuing in the future.


Retired respondents didn't think the program will be able to continue paying in full without cuts; non-retired respondents voiced some overwhelming pessimism, with 60% saying they don't think Social Security will be able to pay them "a benefit" when they retire.

From the national telephone survey released today:

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And the non-retired respondents:

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Social Security's $678 billion accounted for 19% of the federal budget in 2009, according to tables from the Office of Management and Budget.

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