Social Security Poll

The issue of social security seems to make its way into the presidential campaign as well as every day conversation among citizens. Thursday, FSU’s Claude Pepper Foundation released the results of a nationwide poll on America's attitude towards the social security system.

Among the major findings are low expectations; 46 percent polled believe there won't be enough money when they retire. Others are concerned future benefits will not be equal value of today and 63 percent believe a shortfall is ahead.

Jill Quadagno, an FSU eminent scholar, says, “There's a long-term shortfall at the social security that will be dealt with at some point along the way.”

This is not new skepticism. Experts from across the country reacted to the findings, saying panic isn't necessarily warranted.

David Certna, the AARP director of federal affairs, says, “Right now we know social security can pay full benefits for at least the next four decades and even beyond that time of 70 percent, but we do need to make changes to strengthen social security for the future and we're glad there's more dialogue to talk about how to best do that.”

Two people who are talking about that, President Bush and Sen. Kerry.

Barbara Kennelly of the Committee to Preserve Social Security says, “President Bush is for privatizing, Sen. Kerry is for keeping it the way it is, best having to make some hard decisions down the road on how to keep it funded.”

Yet with so much concern and skepticism, the poll shows only five percent say it's the most important issue in the presidential campaign. Poll analysts attribute that to the other major issues of the presidential campaign.