A new national poll shows that while most people aren't satisfied with the current performance of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, neither do they want benefit cuts.
The survey, conducted in June by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, found that 60 percent of respondents say it is important to keep Medicare and Social Security benefits as they are. Only about half as many 32 percent say it is more important to reduce the federal budget deficit than to maintain the status quo.
The poll reflects a deep ambivalence: The majority of Americans say the programs either need to be completely rebuilt or changed in major ways, while also saying people on Medicare already pay enough for their own medical care. People over 65 are the only age group in which majorities say the programs work well.