General Social Survey, 1998

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Do you think it would be better to phase out Social Security and require people to take what they and their employers now pay into Social Security and invest it in mandatory private retirement accounts, or do you think Social Security should continue much as it is now?
  1) Phase out Social Security
  2) Continue as it
  8) Don't know
  9) No answer

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Phase out Social Security 448 32.3% 32.3% -.66
Continue as it 755 54.4% 86.7% -.22
Don't know 173 12.5% 99.2% 2.47
No answer 11 .8% 100% 2.92

Variable Comparisons


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 37.4%
216
28.7%
232
32.3%
448
Continue as it 51.7%
299
56.4%
456
54.4%
755
Don't know 9.5%
55
14.6%
118
12.5%
173
No answer 1.4%
8
0.4%
3
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
578
100.0%
809

1387


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 34.6%
380
21.3%
43
28.7%
25
32.3%
448
Continue as it 52.7%
579
63.9%
129
54.0%
47
54.4%
755
Don't know 11.7%
128
14.9%
30
17.2%
15
12.5%
173
No answer 1.0%
11
0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
1098
100.0%
202
100.0%
87

1387


Religious preference (I-RELIG)

Protestant Catholic Jewish None Other TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 31.0%
230
30.1%
101
29.2%
7
36.9%
73
41.6%
37
32.3%
448
Continue as it 55.7%
413
59.7%
200
62.5%
15
45.5%
90
41.6%
37
54.4%
755
Don't know 12.6%
93
9.9%
33
4.2%
1
16.7%
33
14.6%
13
12.5%
173
No answer 0.7%
5
0.3%
1
4.2%
1
1.0%
2
2.2%
2
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
741
100.0%
335
100.0%
24
100.0%
198
100.0%
89

1387


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Never married Married Widowed/Divorced/Separated TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 35.4%
110
36.1%
240
23.9%
98
32.3%
448
Continue as it 52.1%
162
51.3%
341
61.5%
252
54.5%
755
Don't know 12.2%
38
11.6%
77
13.9%
57
12.4%
172
No answer 0.3%
1
1.1%
7
0.7%
3
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
311
100.0%
665
100.0%
410

1386


Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years 30-39 years 40-49 years 50-64 years More than 65 years TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 37.1%
95
38.8%
134
43.8%
127
25.6%
67
10.8%
25
32.3%
448
Continue as it 46.5%
119
46.4%
160
47.9%
139
60.7%
159
76.7%
178
54.5%
755
Don't know 16.0%
41
13.3%
46
7.9%
23
13.4%
35
11.2%
26
12.3%
171
No answer 0.4%
1
1.4%
5
0.3%
1
0.4%
1
1.3%
3
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
256
100.0%
345
100.0%
290
100.0%
262
100.0%
232

1385


Education (I-EDUCATIO)

Less than high school High school 4 years college More than 4 years college TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 7.9%
6
25.5%
149
39.2%
226
46.5%
67
32.4%
448
Continue as it 71.1%
54
61.0%
356
49.0%
283
38.9%
56
54.2%
749
Don't know 21.1%
16
12.3%
72
11.3%
65
13.9%
20
12.5%
173
No answer 0.0%
0
1.2%
7
0.5%
3
0.7%
1
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
76
100.0%
584
100.0%
577
100.0%
144

1381


Family income (I-FAMINCOM)

LT $10,000 $10K-24999 $25,000+ Ref/DK TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 20.1%
27
25.9%
78
39.7%
317
16.9%
26
32.3%
448
Continue as it 67.9%
91
61.5%
185
47.7%
381
63.6%
98
54.4%
755
Don't know 11.2%
15
11.3%
34
11.9%
95
18.8%
29
12.5%
173
No answer 0.7%
1
1.3%
4
0.6%
5
0.6%
1
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
134
100.0%
301
100.0%
798
100.0%
154

1387


Region (I-REGION)

New England North Central MD/S Atlantic South Central Mtn/Pacific TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 33.3%
23
32.5%
114
29.1%
136
30.4%
70
38.9%
105
32.3%
448
Continue as it 58.0%
40
55.3%
194
57.4%
268
50.4%
116
50.7%
137
54.4%
755
Don't know 8.7%
6
11.4%
40
13.1%
61
17.4%
40
9.6%
26
12.5%
173
No answer 0.0%
0
0.9%
3
0.4%
2
1.7%
4
0.7%
2
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
69
100.0%
351
100.0%
467
100.0%
230
100.0%
270

1387


Political party (I-POLPART)

Democrat Republican Other TOTAL
Phase out Social Security 27.1%
173
40.8%
193
30.4%
82
32.4%
448
Continue as it 60.7%
388
48.6%
230
49.6%
134
54.4%
752
Don't know 11.6%
74
9.3%
44
19.6%
53
12.4%
171
No answer 0.6%
4
1.3%
6
0.4%
1
0.8%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
639
100.0%
473
100.0%
270

1382

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