Chained CPI will alienate older voters, poll finds


Messaging from AARP, including Monday's poll, indicates that the powerful senior lobby will also flex its muscle against chained CPI.

In a statement, the group's executive vice president denounced the proposal as a tax increase.

"This cut to Social Security would break the promise to seniors," said Nancy LeaMond. "As this survey shows, older Americans oppose the chained CPI, and they’ve historically made their opinions known to their elected officials."

The survey found broad bipartisan opposition to chained CPI among voters over 50, with 69 percent of Democrats, 60 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of unaffiliated voters in agreement that Congress should not support the policy.

In all, 87 percent of those voters oppose benefit cuts for today's seniors in order to reduce the deficit.

The survey was conducted March 19-20 and reflects the responses of 801 voters. It has a 3.5 percent margin of error.