November 6, 2004


Social Security (, November 6, 2004)

At his post-election press conference President George W. Bush made it clear that Social Security reform will be on his second term agenda.

Fifty-two percent (52%) of voters support the President's approach that would allow workers invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in personal retirement accounts. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 34% are opposed.

Support jumps to 67% if the personal accounts are accompanied by a guarantee that everyone who wants to remain in the current system can do so and receive their promised benefits. Only 19% are opposed to such a proposal.

Democrats are comforting themselves that their only problem is God, guns, and gays, but they ignore that 60% of the country also opposes their view of top-down Government programs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2004 3:22 PM

See Jonathan Chait's most recent article for a particularly amusing example of Democrats missing this point.

Posted by: Timothy at November 6, 2004 3:33 PM

It works in Chile and there is no reason to think it won't work here.

Posted by: Bart at November 6, 2004 5:59 PM

"everyone who wants to remain in the current system can do so"
This is brilliant, and demonstrates how Bush has broken out of the mold of the Stupid Party.
Ten or 20 years ago, when the Repubs started to broach the idea of privatizing SS--and got their heads handed to them--my first thought was, "why not make it optional and let people choose to stay in the current SS system or switch to the privatized one?"

The 19% against is effectively zero%, since there's probably 15%-20% of people who would object to getting free ice-cream just out of sheer orneriness.

Posted by: ray at November 6, 2004 9:49 PM