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56% Support Right to Choose Your Own Social Security and Medicare Retirement Age

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Most voters continue to believe Americans should be able to choose their own Social Security and Medicare retirement age and decide what they pay out of their paycheck for those benefits. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters think that as long they are able to cover the cost of their decision, people should have the right to pick the age at which they will begin to receive federal Social Security and Medicare benefits. Those who want to retire earlier could pay more in Social Security taxes now. Those who would prefer lower taxes today could pay less in taxes and retire later. Twenty-six percent (26%) don’t think Americans should have that option, while 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 6-7, 2014 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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