A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of all Adults say they are willing to pay higher taxes to ensure that Social Security benefits are not changed or cut. But 43% disagree and are not willing to pay more. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.
Opposition to paying more in taxes to keep Social Security going at its current level is highest among those ages 18 to 29, with 52% who are against the idea. Fifty-four percent (54%) of those 65 and older, on the other hand, feel the opposite way and are willing to pay more for that purpose. Those 50 to 64 are the only other age group where voters are more willing than unwilling to pay higher taxes to keep the federal retirement program afloat.