Don't mix the debate over changes to entitlement programs with fiscal cliff negotiations in the lame duck.
That's the sentiment of 70 percent of Americans 50 and over who say they believe a separate public debate about the future of Medicare and Social Security is needed, according to an AARP poll out today.
“This survey shows that older Americans have significant concerns about any attempt to make major changes to the lifeline programs of Social Security and Medicare in rushed negotiations in the short time before a new Congress arrives,” AARP's Nancy LeaMond said in a statement.
The survey comes after the latest round of messaging from the behemoth advocacy group, which last week sent a letter to lawmakers and the president urging them not to cut benefits. AARP also ran print ads this week with the same message.
The poll was conducted Nov. 7-8 among 800 adults 50 and older and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
Read the full survey here.