$41 Billion Dollar Social Security Deficit Contributes to 35-54-Year-Old Americans Worrying The Most About Debt Each Day

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26% of 35-54-Year-Olds Spend 4+ Hours Per Day Worrying About Debt Versus 18% of Those 55 and Over

An August 5, 2010, United States Social Security Administration Report found that Social Security would run a $41 billion dollar deficit in 2010, the first yearly deficit since 1983. One might therefore think that senior citizens would worry the most about debt, but that is not the case. Instead, a third-quarter poll of 1,000 Americans age 18+ reveals that 26% of those between the ages of 35 and 54 spend 4+ hours per day worrying about debt, and 11% of them worry about debt over 10+ hrs a day. That's more than the 18% of those aged 55+ who spend 4+ hours per day worrying about debt. The results are part of the DebtPlan.com Third Quarter 2010 U.S. Consumer Study on Debt.* By 2037, when all consumers who are now in the 35-54-year-old demographic will be eligible for Social Security under current eligibility requirements, the fund is forecast to be able to pay out only 75% of its scheduled benefits.

The future of Social Security is under debate. The recently formed Strengthen Social Security Coalition said that President Obama's two choices to chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform -- Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson -- "sent a clear message, Social Security is on the chopping block." Today, two-thirds of seniors rely on Social Security as their main source of income, which means that if Social Security benefits change, the retirement plans of millions of middle-aged consumers may have to change with it.

The DebtPlan.com Third Quarter 2010 U.S. Consumer Study on Debt also revealed that, on average, Americans spend 3.5 hours per day, or 15% of each day, worrying about debt. The study results are as follows:

Americans' time spent per day worrying about debt:
Hours per day:                             Respondents:    
                                         All     18-34    35-54    55+
-0-                                     22%        16%    24%    27%
1-3 hours                        55%         66%    50%    56%
4-10 hours                     14%         14%    15%    7%
10+ hours                         9%         6%    11%    11%

According to Carrie Coghill, Director of Consumer Education for DebtPlan.com, "Retirement-planning scenarios now have to include retiring with and without Social Security. Without this guaranteed income stream, planning and budgeting with a contingency plan if Social Security changes are a must. As a start, have a plan to pay off debt while you still have a steady income to further reduce worry. 35-54 year olds will then be better prepared for changes to Social Security if they occur."

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*The data for the Third Quarter 2010 U.S. Consumer Study on Debt were collected and analyzed in April/May 2010 through Survey Sampling International in Shelton, Connecticut. Results have a margin of error +/- 5%.

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