DATE: 2/04/2005 10:43:00 AM
There's a Crisis, But Do Nothing! - Survey finds 75 percent of Maine residents think there's a problem with Social Security, but only 24 percent favor the President's plan. The president isn't widely popular in this state, which went for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004. Of course, if this paragraph is any indication, the survey's methodology was flawed:
More than two-thirds of Mainers believed it was most important the program yield "guaranteed monthly benefits," according to the poll, released the day after Bush's State of the Union address, during which he outlined his plan to revamp the system. Twenty-five percent thought it was more important to allow private investments.So the question asked seemed to assume private investments would come at the expense of guaranteed monthly benefits. Well, no wonder the support was so low. They might as well have asked: "Do you want to get your money every month, or have the president give it to mustache-twirling, cigar-smoking Wall Street plutocrats?"
I'm glad the president is taking this fight right to the people with his campaign-style swing. It's obvious from this survey that the media and the Democrats aren't going to fight this one on the facts, but by scaring people into thinking Bush is going to take away their checks. I'd hoped for better, but expected nothing else.