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Nicholas Read is one of many Americans who believes Medicare is here to stay. "I’m pretty confident Medicare will be there, because there would be a rebellion among voters," said Read. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re not buying it. Most Americans say they don’t believe Medicare has to be cut to balance the federal budget, and ditto for Social Security, a new poll shows.

The Associated Press-GfK poll suggests that arguments for overhauling the massive benefit programs to pare government debt have failed to sway the public. The debate is unlikely to be resolved before next year’s elections for president and Congress.

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