Today AARP Montana released a new survey results that shows 68 percent of older Montana voters would be considerably less favorable to their member of Congress or Senator if the member voted for a chained or superlative CPI proposal, expected to be in the President’s budget proposal this week. The survey shows that 84 percent of Montana voters age 50+ also oppose the highly unpopular idea of reducing Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit. AARP also released a national survey that could indicate how a vote for benefit cuts could impact House and Senate races across the nation.
“This cut to Social Security would break the promise to Montana seniors and hurt veterans who’ve sacrificed so much for this great country,” said AARP Montana State President Joy Bruck. “The chained CPI reduction snowballs over time and would increase taxes for most Montana taxpayers – at the same time that it cuts benefits for children, veterans, widows, retirees, and people with disabilities. As this survey shows, older Montanans oppose the chained CPI and they’ve historically made their opinions known to their elected officials.”
The results of the full survey can be found at aarp.org/colasurvey. Woelfel Research, an independent research firm, conducted 807 interviews of registered voters age 50+ on March 27 – April 2, 2013. This survey has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.5%.