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Social Security even more important during COVID-19, says AARP

Milton Pratt
Delaware Public Media

AARP recently released a survey showing a vast majority of Americans support social security.


The survey found 96 percent of all Americans say Social Security is an important program and more than half believe it’s even more important because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. 


“The survey found that Social Security is a key source of income and economic stability in retirement," said Kim Wharton, Communications Director at Delaware AARP. "In fact, here in Delaware, we know that a lot of people rely on Social Security as their primary source of income. And so it’s even more important that people have this safety net program available to them.”


According to a Gallup poll, more than half of current retirees say Social Security is a major source of income, but only a third of people not yet retired say it will be a major source for them once they do.


This survey comes during Social Security’s 85th anniversary. Wharton says they’re using this information as part of their new campaign to protect voters aged 50 and up.


She says they want to make sure candidates in Delaware take a stance on protecting Social Security for current and future retirees.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.