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41% Favor Raising Eligibility Age To Keep Medicare Solvent

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Voters still aren't very confident that they will get all their Medicare benefits, and a plurality favors raising the eligibility age to keep the program running for future generations.

Just 39% of Likely U.S. Voters are at least somewhat confident that the Medicare system will pay them all promised benefits during their lifetime, including 12% who are Very Confident. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 58% are not confident the government health insurance program for the elderly will pay them all their promised benefits, with 26% who are Not At All Confident. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 16-17, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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