Chart of the Day: Social Security


According to Gallup, 60% of Americans now believe that they’ll never see a dime from Social Security. As Dean Baker points out, this is a remarkable victory for the Social Security doomsayers. They’ve spent decades claiming that Social Security will go broke, and now a large majority of Americans believe them. They don’t believe merely that benefits might be reduced — a perfectly reasonable guess — but that Social Security won’t be able to pay them a benefit at all. That’s loony tunes territory, and it’s now what most Americans believe.