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Americans Not Confident State Pensions Will Be Paid to Public Employees

Fewer than half of Americans think the state they live in will be able to pay out promised pension benefits to public workers, but few are willing to pay more in taxes to cover them.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 46% of American Adults say it’s at least Somewhat Likely that their state will be able to pay the pension benefits promised to current and retired state workers, including 20% who think it’s Very Likely. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think that scenario is unlikely, with seven percent (7%) who feel it’s Not at all Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 20-21, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 20-21, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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