Social Security celebrates its 80th “birthday” today, having been established with the Social Security Act of 1935. Many have called it the most successful government program of all time.
Many have also called it the “third rail of American politics,” meaning, to attempt any change in the program is political suicide.
Our earlier survey on reforming Social Security suggests this isn’t the case. Representative samples of voters in Oklahoma, Maryland and Virginia, as well as an earlier national survey found that significant majorities of Republicans and Democrats agree on four measures that will solve at least two-thirds of the projected shortfall. Mote modest bipartisan majorities agree on adjustments that cover the entire shortfall.
The American people seem to be in a place where they want to ensure Social Security endures, and agree on the measures that can accomplish just that.