SSP No. 5 August 6, 1996

Social Security

Public Opinion and Social Security Privatization

by Michael Tanner

Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, is director of the Cato Project on Social Security Privatization.


Executive Summary

Although Social Security remains one of the most popular government programs, most Americans understand that the system faces serious future financial problems and would support privatization of the retirement system, according to the results of a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of the Cato Project on Social Security Privatization.

Among the poll's findings:

 

Privatizing Social Security

[ NOTE: see Figures 10 and 11.]


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