A new Gallup poll reveals that 45% of Americans are satisfied with the current state of Social Security and Medicare programs. The poll, released on Friday, shows that Americans are more content with those programs than many other issues currently at the center of national conversation.
The poll found that 63% of Americans over the age of 65 feel satisfied with the current state of Social Security and Medicare, while 43% of adults between the ages of 50 to 64 and 35% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 feel satisfied.
Social Security and Medicare programs ranked sixth place among a list of 22 issues facing the country this year, behind 64% of Americans who feel “satisfied” with the nation’s military as the U.S. continues to support Ukraine.
The poll also found 15 issues that Americans rated worse, with 72% dissatisfied with the current state of the economy. Social Security and Medicare programs are considered “not a major policy concern” and fall below issues affecting the economy.
Despite the ongoing discussion among policymakers on whether fixing Social Security and Medicare would be difficult, most Americans who benefit from both programs are currently satisfied. The poll was conducted over the phone from Jan. 2-22 with a random sample of 1,011 adults, and the sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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