Public Wants Changes To Entitlements, Not Benefit Cuts, In Debt Ceiling Deal

Entitlement Poll

Photo: Pew Research centre for the People & the Press

As President Barack Obama and congressional leaders consider cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as part of a deficit reduction package, a new poll shows that most Americans believe maintaining benefits is more important than reigning in spending.The poll, conducted by the Pew Research centre for the People & the Press, found 60 per cent of Americans said benefits should take precedence, while 32 per cent said the deficit is more important.

Those polled also supported maintaining Medicare and Medicaid benefits by a nearly identical margin.

At the same time, the poll found support for making changes to the entitlement programs to secure their finances — as long as benefits are not jeopardized.

Not surprisingly baby-boomers are the most ardent defenders of entitlement benefits, with younger Americans supporting a greater focus on deficit reduction.

Read the full poll results here:

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