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Vast Majority of U.S. Voters Support SSA Disability Insurance Program

Posted on Oct 31, 2012

Results from a Lincoln Park Strategies poll were published recently showing that a huge majority of the nation’s voters would be opposed to cutting the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. 

One thousand likely U.S. voters were polled by telephone in late September and early October 2012. The lion’s share—83 percent—of those interviewed supported the SSDI program and indicated that Congress would be wrong to cut these benefits in an effort to trim the budget.

Slightly more than three-quarters of the respondents said legislators should consider cutting programs other than SSDI to balance the budget. Stefan Hankin, Lincoln Park Strategies’ president, said, “The findings are clear and bipartisan—Americans overwhelmingly support Disability Insurance. To cut to the chase, my recommendation to elected leaders in either party is that attacking SSDI is a mistake.”

The SSDI program provides monthly assistance benefits and insurance to the poorest disabled Americans. Many believe that eliminating these benefits would result in a devastating blow to those who cannot exist without them. 

The poll published the following findings:

  • Of the 1,000 Americans polled, 83 percent stated that cutting benefits to Americans who paid into the SSDI program when they were able to work would be unfair.
  • 75 percent of the respondents who said they were Republican voters expressed support for the program.
  • 8 percent of the respondents were in favor of cuts to the SSDI program.
  • Even after hearing allegations that the SSDI program is just another government handout program, 73 percent of those polled still said they support it. 

In all, 471 men and 530 women were included in the poll. By political affiliation, the breakdown was 277 Republican voters, 307 Independent voters, and 348 Democrat voters. The respondents self-identified as 401 conservatives, 351 moderates, and 192 liberals. 

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