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Survey: Most (40+) NY'ers say Social Security Cuts Would Mean Struggle

November 15, 2010

NEW YORK - With major Social Security cuts listed as an option by the President's Fiscal Commission, a new survey finds more than one in three New Yorkers say those cuts would leave them unable to afford their basic needs. More than 3 million New Yorkers receive Social Security benefits.

David McNally, manager of government relations for AARP-NY, says the survey shows widespread support for the federal program, both from those who get Social Security checks now and those who expect to receive them in the future.

"Most seniors in New York rely on Social Security, and frankly they'd struggle without it; 63 percent of beneficiaries and more than half of non-beneficiaries would either not be able to afford basics or would have to make significant sacrifices."

In addition to cutting benefits, the Fiscal Commission may also raise the age to qualify for Social Security benefits. McNally believes that's the wrong way to go, because 59 percent of New Yorkers say their current Social Security checks don't go far enough now.

Margot Brandenburg, associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation, points out that half of retirees depend on Social Security for all of their income.

"The benefit that it provides is especially critical for workers who arrive at the age of retirement and don't have a 401(k) or any other kind of savings they can rely upon in retirement."

McNally says the survey shows 70 percent of New Yorkers believe Social Security is more important than ever, and urges the deficit panel to consider that.

"We need to have the discussion reframed and look at it from the middle-class person's perspective, with the goal of achieving health and retirement security for all Americans."

The AARP and the Rockefeller Foundation also conducted focus groups in New York on Friday as part of their "Social Security Voices and Values Project."

Survey participants were New York registered voters, ages 40 and older. More information is available at

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY