88% of Americans Support Social Security Reform; 78% for Raising Minimum Wage: Harris Poll 

Some 88% of American public would support reform to ensure that the Social Security fund has enough money to provide benefits for all Americans for the next 50 years, according to a latest survey by Harris Poll. 

The nationwide Harris Poll of 2,309 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive® between December 12 and 18, 2006, on public attitudes toward other potential reform issues also found:

  • 83% U.S. adults support cutting interest rates for student loans.

  • 81% would support new regulations to reduce the power lobbyists in Washington

  • 78% would support raising the minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour

  • 76% would support immigration reform to make it more difficult for immigrants to enter the U.S. and to stay in the U.S. for a prolonged length of time

  • 69% would support legislation which would speed up the removal of troops from Iraq. 

  • 68% would support legislation requiring companies to provide seven paid sick days a year 

  • 65% would support expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research

  • 57% would support the education bill known as No Child Left Behind, is up for reauthorization this year.

  • 56% would support investigations into allegations that have been made about various actions of the Bush Administration. 

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