Monday :: May 2, 2005

Gallup Says Bush Didn't Help Himself Last Week On Social Security

by Steve

So did Bush's press conference help him sell his Social Security plan to Americans?

In a word, NO, not according to a new CNN/USAT/Gallup poll out today, taken after the press conference over this past weekend.

President Bush has made overhauling Social Security a key part of his second-term agenda and has spent weeks on the road discussing the subject, but a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found that just over a third of respondents approve of his handling of the issue.
The poll, conducted April 29 to May 1, found that 81 percent of respondents believed that the program would need major changes in the coming years.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said they approved of Bush's handling of Social Security, while 58 percent said they disapproved.

Did I mention that this poll was taken after Bush’s press conference?

But 46 percent said they would be better off if Congress did not pass a plan this year, while 27 percent said a plan favored by most Republicans would be better and 22 percent favored a plan supported by most Democrats.
Almost two-thirds of respondents, 62 percent, said it would not be possible to ensure Social Security's long-term future without either raising their taxes or cutting their benefits. Thirty-five percent said it would be possible.
When asked which they would prefer, 53 percent said they would rather raise Social Security taxes and 38 percent said they would rather curb benefits for future recipients.
Fifty-three percent said they believed Bush's proposals would cut the benefits that they would receive, while 38 percent said they would not.

Did I mention that Bush’s plan curbs benefits and doesn’t raise taxes, contrary to what 53 percent of those polled right after his press conference said they wanted?

When asked if they supported a proposal that would curb Social Security benefits for middle and upper income workers, but would not affect lower income workers, 38 percent favored the idea and 54 percent opposed it.

Did I mention that Bush’s plan.... oh well, never mind. You get the idea.

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