In the latest edition of the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, a strong majority of respondents said they oppose benefit cuts to Medicare and Social Security. An overwhelming 79% said that they wanted no cuts to Medicare at all. Only 17% said they favored some cuts; only 3% said they favored significant cuts. The numbers were similar for Social Security.
The numbers remain strong across all groups of working people. Cuts were opposed by 71% of men, 87% of women, 93% of non-Hispanic blacks, 78% of whites and 68% of men over the age of 50.
The result is the latest in a long line of polls that protecting programs like Social Security and Medicare is more important to Americans than cutting the deficit or cutting taxes for the richest 2%.
The survey polled 1,003 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 points.