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Poll of Voters Shows Strong Support for Social Security. Medicare


At a time when congressional Republicans are proposing to fundamentally alter both programs, strong majorities of surveyed voters want Congress to protect Social Security and Medicare -- and intensely disagree with key provisions of GOP plans.

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