March 16, 2005


Social Security poll heartens Bush (Amy Fagan and Bill Sammon, 3/16/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Three-fifths of people 55 and older think Social Security private accounts for younger workers are a good idea, as long as their own benefits remain untouched, according to a poll being released today by key supporters of President Bush's effort. [...]

When specifically told their benefits would not be affected and private accounts would be voluntary for younger workers, 59 percent of those 55 and older thought the plan was a good idea, while 33 percent did not, the lobbying coalition's poll found.

The survey of 800 registered voters, conducted March 6-8 by the Republican firm Ayres, McHenry & Associates, had a margin of error of 3.46 percentage points.

At the White House, Mr. Bush noted another poll, this one by ABC News, that shows 55 percent of Americans oppose his plan to reform Social Security.

"In that same survey, I was heartened to see that over two-thirds of the Americans recognize we have a problem," Mr. Bush said. "My first concern was that members of Congress would think the public didn't think there was a problem -- but they do.

"The American people say we've got a problem, and they're going to expect people to come to the table," he added, making an implicit political threat to Democrats who have said they will negotiate on Social Security only if private accounts are ruled out in advance. "And they're not going to like it when they see people not coming to the table."

All he has to do is get Democrats to the table and he wins.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2005 8:43 AM

All he has to do is get the Senate Republicans to put the food on the table.

Posted by: Luciferous at March 16, 2005 4:24 PM