Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Contact: Linda Benesch, [email protected]

New Polling: Americans Are United in Support of Expanding Social Security

(Washington, DC) — Today, Social Security Works released new data from Public Policy Polling that shows Americans united across age, gender, race, and party lines around increasing (not cutting) Social Security benefits and paying for it by requiring the wealthiest Americans to contribute their fair share.

“As divided as our country is in many respects, there are some fundamental values that unite us, including rewarding hard work and caring for our parents, children, and neighbors,” said Nancy Altman, founding Co-Director of Social Security Works. “Social Security embodies those values, so it is no surprise that Americans of all stripes are united around expanding Social Security.”

The polling found that expanding Social Security is supported by:

  • 75 percent of men and 69 percent of women
  • 69 percent of whites, 82 percent of African-Americans, and 79 percent of Latinos
  • 70 percent of 18-29 year olds, 65 percent of 30-45 year olds, 76 percent of 46-65 year olds, and 70 percent of Americans over 65
  • 87 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Independents, and 51 percent of Republicans

The polling is available at:

A video created by Social Security Works to highlight the polling is available at:


Social Security Works staffs the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, which is comprised of more than 350 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million Americans from many of the nation’s leading aging, labor, disability, women’s, veterans’, consumer, civil rights and equality organizations.