Spending on Social Security

Survey Items

Some people think that social security benefits should be increased even though that would mean an increase in taxes. Others feel that social security benefits should be decreased so that we can pay less in taxes. Still others believe that the present level of benefits and taxes is just right. How about you? Do you think that social security benefits should be increased, decreased, or continued at the present level, or haven’t you thought much about this? 0 = decrease, 1 = continue at present level, 2 = increase

Next, I am going to read you a list of [Federal/National] programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased. If you had a say in making up the [Federal/National] budget this year, which programs would you like to see increased and which decreased? Should [Federal/National] spending on social security be increased, decreased, or kept about the same? 0 = decrease, 1 = kept the same, 2 = increase

This country is faced with many problems, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I’m going to name some of these problems, and for each one I’d like you to tell me whether you think the [Federal/National] government is spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. How would you rate the amount of [Federal/National] spending on social security? 0 = too much, 1 = about right, 2 = too little

Next, I am going to read you a list of [Federal/National] programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased. What about social security? Should [Federal/National] spending on social security be increased, decreased, or kept about the same?) 0 = decreased, 1 = kept the same, 2 = increased

The next questions are about how you would make the best impression on me that you could. As you answer, please imagine that you are only trying to present yourself in the best light. If you were trying to make the best impression on me that you could, would you say that [Federal/National] spending on social security should be increased, decreased, or kept about the same? 0 = decrease, 1 = same, 2 = increase

First, I would like to talk with you about some things people think about today. We are faced with many problems in this country, none of which can be solved easily or inexpensively. I’m going to name some of these problems, and for each one I’d like you to tell me whether you think we’re spending too much money on it, too little money, or about the right amount. Social security. 0 = too much, 1 = about right, 2 = too little

Is the amount of taxes the government is spending on each of the following problems too little, about right or too much? Social security. 0 = too much, 3 = about right, 6 = too little

Next, I am going to read you a list of federal programs. For each one, I would like you to tell me whether you would like to see spending increased or decreased. If you had a say in making up the [Federal/National] budget this year, should [Federal/National] spending on social security increase or decrease. 0 = decrease a great deal, 1 = decrease a moderate amount, 2 = decrease a little, 3 = kept about the same, 4 = increased a little, 5 = increased a moderate amount, 6 = increased a great deal

Some people think social security benefits should be increased even though that would mean an increase in taxes. Others feel social security benefits should be decreased so we can pay less in taxes. Where would you place yourself on this scale or haven’t you thought much about this? 0 = decrease benefits and taxes a great deal, 6 = increase benefits and taxes a great deal