Already disproportionately suffering from a weak economy, young Americans say they’re not counting on post-retirement government help and not surprised that the debate over the programs is being driven by older people who wouldn’t suffer under any of the serious proposals anyway.
If politicians did listen, they might be surprised: Recent survey data indicate that Americans ages 18-29, despite being overwhelmingly liberal, support some conservative ideas for changing the structure of entitlement programs.
Roughly 86 percent of them favor allowing workers to put their Social Security taxes into a private account, as some Republicans have proposed, according to a November 2011 survey by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center. That’s much more than the 52 percent of seniors who support the idea….
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