Participants in a study who were given the chance to consider several policy changes to shore up the Social Security system favored reducing payments to high wage earners, raising the retirement age and other remedies that would eliminate most of the system’s debt.

Both Republicans and Democrats, by 3 to 1 margins, endorsed such steps, the Program for Public Consulting, a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, found in its study, which was sponsored by Voice of the People.

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