Additional Resources

The report authors suggest the following resources for additional perspective on Social Security:

According to a recent Associated Press opinion survey[1], Social Security tops the list of Americans’ economic concerns.


[1] The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Social Security, Unemployment, And Poverty Top The List Of Economic Priorities For The Next President. National survey conducted January 14-17, 2016.

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About the Report

Social Security is our nation’s bedrock social insurance program. It protects American workers, their families and their children against the risks of poverty as a result of old age, death of a spouse or parent, or a life-changing disability. At a time of escalating inequality and declining retirement savings, the National Committee Foundation examines Social Security’s crucial and often neglected role in the economic life of communities in every state.

Research conducted by:
Peter S. Arno, PhD
Senior Fellow and Director, Health Policy Research, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Board member, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation

Andrew R. Maroko, PhD
Assistant Professor, City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

This report uses 2014 data, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Due to rounding some totals may not correspond to the sum of the separate figures.

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