Privatize Social Security? Yes please, say 58 percent of Americans. 

National Journal’s Reid Wilson reports on the mixed results of a poll on the potential GOP platform for 2010:

[H]alf of respondents — 52% — opposed replacing Medicare with a system that provides vouchers for senior citizens so they can purchase their own private insurance, a cornerstone policy in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “Roadmap” proposal. A third supported that policy…

Democrats won’t welcome all the results in the poll, however. Republican proposals to allow Americans to invest some of their Social Security tax dollars as they choose won 58% support, while just 28% opposed any privatization.

The Social Security issue is a very big deal, because that’s the attack of choice for many endangered Democratic candidates against conservatives this year. We’ll see how well that works in November.

Personal choice and freedom to save for retirement will eventually become a winning issue — especially with the young professional college graduates whom Democrats have been cultivating. Doubly so if a huge payroll tax hike is proposed to save the current, outdated system.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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