NYC Voters 50+ Oppose Chained CPI, Say Social Security Should Not Be Cut to Reduce the Deficit – Cuts Would Cost NYC Area Social Security Beneficiaries & Vets $2.5 Billion
April 8, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today AARP New York released a new survey finding 67 percent of
New York City
's 50+ voters would be considerably less favorable to their member of Congress or Senator if the member voted for a chained or superlative CPI proposal, expected to be in the President's budget proposal this week. The survey shows that 88 percent of
voters age 50+ oppose the highly unpopular idea of idea of reducing Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit.
Based on the latest data from the Congressional Budget office, under a chained CPI, New Yorkers stand to lose
statewide in Social Security, veterans' disability and military pension benefits and more than
New York City
) over the next 10 years.
"This cut to Social Security would break the promise to
seniors and hurt veterans who've sacrificed so much for this great country," said AARP Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP New York. "The chained CPI reduction snowballs over time and would increase taxes for most
taxpayers - at the same time that it cuts benefits for children, veterans, widows, retirees, and people with disabilities. As this survey shows, older New Yorkers oppose the chained CPI and they've historically made their opinions known to their elected officials."
Results of the New York City area survey on the impact of chained CPI include
- 69% of New York City area voters 50+ would be less favorable towards their Member of Congress if they voted for a chained or superlative CPI.
- 73% of New York City voters 50+ oppose reducing the annual benefit increase retired and disabled veterans receive by changing the way the cost of living increase is calculated for veterans' benefits.
- 90% of 50+ voters in the state believe it's very important that benefits are not reduced for today's seniors.
- 50% of voters 50+ New York City voters oppose increasing taxes for most taxpayers by changing the way the tax code is adjusted for inflation through chained CPI. However, 15% said they do not know if they support or oppose this, indicating there is little public understanding of how the chained CPI would affect a person's taxes.
- 88% oppose reducing Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit.
- 84% believe that the future of Social Security should be considered separately from the budget deficit discussions (87% Democrats, 82% Republicans, 85% Independents).
The results of the full New York City Chained CPI survey can be found here
. Woelfel Research, an independent research firm, conducted 499 interviews of registered voters age 50+ in the five boroughs of
, 2013. This survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 4.4%.
For more AARP New York resources and information on the impact of the chained CPI, please visit
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