When simply asked about the option to invest some of their Social Security contributions, a majority of Oregon residents aged 18+ oppose private accounts – 52 percent are opposed, 41 percent favor them and 7 percent don't know where they stand.
When consequences of private accounts are introduced, support for them decreases greatly. Between 44 percent and 54 percent of people who initially favored private accounts ended up opposed to them when presented with some consequences. As a result, exposure to any of the consequences presented increased the initial 52 percent of respondent opposition to private accounts to a substantial majority (between 70 percent and 74 percent total opposition depending on the consequence presented).
Telephone interviews of 700 randomly selected Oregon residents age 18 and up were conducted between May 21st and 25th, 2005 by Woelfel Research, Inc., a national survey research firm. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Dr. Wright at 202-434-6278. (17 pages)