Despite all the press about Social Security and its troubles, more people are looking forward to counting on that check in retirement than at any time in the last 15 years.

Those are the findings of Gallup's annual Economy and Personal Finance survey, which reported that the number of Americans counting on Social Security to be there for them as a major source of income when they retire has increased by 10 percent over the past decade.

If 36 percent of workers are planning heavily on those checks, another 48 percent say they'll provide a minor source of income, while just 14 percent don't expect it to provide anything at all.

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