What do you think of the nation's Social Security system? Do you think that by the time you retire there will be enough money in the system to pay you the benefits you are entitled to, or do you think there will not be enough money left to pay you benefits?

Responses by Age Group:
  18-30 31-44 45-60 61+ All
Yes, will be enough 18% 23% 44% 61% 36%
No, will not be enough 80% 74% 52% 29% 60%
(VOL) Not covered by Social Security 0% 0% 1% 2% 1%
DK/No opinion 2% 3% 4% 7% 4%
Source: A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone January 12 - 16, 2005 among 1,007 randomly selected adults nationwide. Margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus three percentage points. Fieldwork by TNS of Horsham, PA.

Another idea to help keep the Social Security system funded would let workers put some of their Social Security savings into stocks or bonds if they wanted to. That could produce higher or lower benefits depending on how the investments perform. Would you support or oppose this stock-market option for Social Security?

Responses by Age Group:
  18-30 31-44 45-60 61+ All
Support 71% 65% 47% 35% 55%
Oppose 26% 32% 50% 58% 41%
DK/No opinion 2% 4% 3% 7% 4%
Source: A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone January 12 - 16, 2005 among 1,007 randomly selected adults nationwide. Margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus three percentage points. Fieldwork by TNS of Horsham, PA.