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New AP-Ipsos Poll: Most Disapprove of Bush SS Plan

A new poll by Ipsos-Public Afairs for the Associated Press indicates that a solid majority of Americans oppose President Bush's proposals for privatizing Social Security. The poll, conducted 2/22-24, found that 56 percent of respondents "disapprove of President Bush's handling of Social Security and oppose investing a portion of Social Security taxes in stocks and bonds," with 39 percent saying they approve. In addition, 66 percent of the respondents said they oppose increasing the retirement age, 93 percent opposed cutting benefits for current retirees and 87 percent opposed reducing benefits for future retirees.

The poll indicated that there was substantial support for one potential reform --- 74 percent favored requiring those earning more than $90,000 per year to pay Social Security taxes on all their earnings.

The poll also included some good news for Dems. Asked "who do you trust more to handle the issue of Social Security?", 43 percent chose Democrats, while 37 percent chose Republicans.