Found a newer poll from July- August of this year. It doesn't break out "tea partiers," but the results are the same. The economic situation has only gotten worse since November of 2011, but still over 80% of the population isn't willing to countenance cuts to Social Security. http://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...83c59f4-e3fb-11e1-89f7-76e23a982d06_page.html 82% oppose reducing Social Security benefits across the board. 77% oppose reducing Medicare benfits across the board. This poll asked some follow- up questions about sticking it to the "rich" by reducing benefits for those with "high" incomes. 57% supported reduced SS benefits for the wealthy and 63% supported reduced Medicare benefits for the wealthy. I'd be curious to see how those opinions would change if the "rich" was actually defined with the standard limit of $250K a year usually used when discussing tax reform. Actually, since most retirees would have much less of a yearly income than 250K, in order to make a difference you'd have to start taking into account their total assets when you defined the "rich" for purposes of SS and Medicare. I wonder how people would feel about it once they realized that mom and dad would have to liquidate their inheritance in order to eat if they were over the new income levels. The system is broke and will require pain to fix. Over three quarters of our population isn't ready to fix it.