Poll: Majority oppose cutting Medicare to lower deficit

Friday, January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – A new poll found that, while most people support deficit reduction, they want to do it without cutting major social programs like Medicare and Medicaid. According to the poll, which was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, almost 6 in 10 respondents opposed cutting Medicare as a means of shrinking the national deficit. An overwhelming majority of those polled (85%) said lawmakers should propose other alternatives, such as requiring drug makers to give the government better deals on medications for low-income seniors. Fifty-nine percent of those polled believe lawmakers should push for making higher-income seniors pay more for coverage.