New National Poll Shows Massive Washington Disconnect with Main Street America On Deficit Reduction Options

New national polling conducted by a Democratic/GOP research partnership shows Republicans, Democrats and Independents outside official Washington share unprecedented unity in their views on deficit reduction.  By huge margins, Americans across all ages do not support cutting Social Security and Medicare to reduce the deficit. Even in this polarized political climate, no other single issue garners such broad unanimity across all party lines. “This poll shows what bi-partisanship really means. When you step outside Washington, D.C. and talk to average Americans of all political parties including self-identified fiscal conservatives---the answer is the same--Do Not Cut Social Security & Medicare to reduce the deficit.  Americans understand the real-life impacts of the cuts being promoted and they don’t believe cutting these vital programs shows fiscal responsibility.  That is true bi-partisanship that Congress ignores at its own peril.”  Max Richtman, President/CEO, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Some of the poll highlights include:
  • Opposition to cutting Social Security & Medicare is strong across party lines with 82% of Democrats, 73% of Independents and 58% of Republicans against cuts to reduce the deficit
  • A wide margin of all Americans, 94% of Democrats, 82% of Independents and 64% of Republicans, would prefer to raise taxes on the wealthy than cut Social Security and Medicare.
  • By a 3 -1 margin, self-identified “fiscal conservatives” of both parties oppose cutting Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit and by a 2 ½ -1 to one margin, fiscally conservative voters oppose cutting Medicare benefits to reduce the deficit.
"The clear truth is that Americans across party and generational lines flat out reject using cuts to Social Security and Medicare - programs they have directly paid into their entire lives - to reduce the deficit. It's a loud and crystal clear message they have for politicians in Washington: keep your hands off my Social Security and Medicare. They're prepared to send that message at the voting booth next year if their politicians don't listen." Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners, Democratic Polling/Research “Clearly voters are against changes to a system they have paid into their entire lives.  They don’t want the retirement age for Social Security eligibility raised, they don’t want the Medicare eligibility age raised and they reject increases in co-pays for some services.  They believe they have a deal, and they want that deal upheld.” Bob Carpenter, American Viewpoint, Republican Polling/Researcher This national bi-partisan poll is part of the first wave of actions in the newly launched multi-million dollar “No Cuts” campaign—a coast-to-coast effort combining grassroots mobilization, advertising and social media to stop the Congressional Super Committee from proposing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, programs which are vital to millions of middle-class Americans.