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Opposition to Ryan Budget Increases

May 3rd, 2011 at 8:55 pm | 2 Comments |

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Rasmussen reports

A plurality of voters still have no opinion about Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s long-term budget-cutting plan, but opposition has increased over the past several weeks. By a near two-to-one margin, they don’t like his proposal for tackling spiraling Medicare costs.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters continue to favor the budget proposal by Ryan that claims to cut federal spending by $4 trillion over the next decade. But that’s unchanged from a month ago.

Now, however, 34% oppose Ryan’s proposal, up from 27% in the previous survey. A sizable 40% still don’t know enough about the plan to have any opinion of it. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just 21% of all voters favor the plan for changing Medicare that is included in the Ryan budget proposal. Thirty-nine percent (39%) oppose that plan. But again 40% are not sure about it. The question did not offer any specifics about Ryan’s proposal which includes allowing individuals to purchase private health insurance as an alternative and raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67. Earlier polling showed that voters overwhelmingly believe any proposed changes in Medicare should require voter approval before they can be implemented.

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  • Frumplestiltskin

    What, you mean my paying medicare taxes my entire life and then getting some crummy voucher, that will not keep pace with health care inflation and which there is no guarantee that insurance companies will take it, all so the rich can have massive tax cuts is not favored by ordinary Americans such as myself. Heavens to Betsy, who would have thought?

    • KellyRek

      Yes, if Paul Ryan’s plan ever gets implemented, I’d opt out of the voucher program. But I’d also demand a refund of all the Medicare taxes I have paid in my lifetime.

      Unfortunately, both Medicare and Social Security have been based on a Ponzi scheme. We have all been robbed.