Americans divided on entitlements

June 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- Voters are closely divided about the best way to keep Social Security and Medicare financially afloat, Rasmussen Reports said Tuesday.

Thirty percent of likely U.S. voters said they favor raising taxes to ensure Social Security and Medicare have enough money to pay all benefits, results indicated.

Thirty-four percent said they prefer increasing the retirement age for when full benefits kick in for future recipients while 15 percent said they thought it was better to cut the level of benefits, Rasmussen said. Twenty percent said they weren't sure which option was the best.

The current full retirement age for Social Security is 66. Fifty-one percent of voters said they opposed a proposal to raise that age to 70. However, 60 percent said they approved of the idea of raising the level of income taxable for Social Security.

Results are based on a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted June 21 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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