Friday, May 22nd, 2020
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Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose the Social Security Cutting “Eagle Plan”

Asking people to give up future Social Security benefits in return for cash now is extremely unpopular, particularly among older voters

(Washington, DC) — Several of Donald Trump’s advisors, including Jared Kushner, support the so-called “Eagle Plan” which would give people cash, but only if they forfeit a portion of their future Social Security benefits.

Today, Social Security Works and Data for Progress released new polling showing that this plan is far less popular than progressive coronavirus relief measures — even among Republican voters. It is particularly unpopular among voters over 45.

  • 55% of voters want the government to expand unemployment insurance and send out $2,000 monthly checks vs. 20% who support the Eagle Plan

    • Given this choice, only 16% of voters over 45 support the Eagle Plan
    • Even Republican voters are more than twice as likely to support expanded unemployment insurance and monthly checks (44%) as to support the Eagle Plan (20%)

“Seniors are rightfully furious at Donald Trump,” said Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works. “Nursing homes across the country are turning into death traps. Yet instead of supporting comprehensive legislation to address this crisis Trump’s advisors are focused on forcing people to choose between going hungry now and working until they die.” 

The full poll results, including breakdowns across age, gender, education, and party affiliation, are available here.