In spite of President Bush's recent efforts to push his plan to overhaul Social Security, a majority of Americans surveyed disapprove of Bush's handling of the issue, according to a recent poll.

Some 60 percent of 1,000 adults surveyed disapprove of the president's handling of Social Security, according to a poll commissioned this month by the Associated Press.

The majority of Americans wouldn't accept lower Social Security benefits even if it meant benefits for poorer retirees wouldn't be cut, according to the survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they wouldn't be willing to accept lower benefits to stave off cuts for poorer retirees, while 40 percent said they would, and 4 percent were unsure.

Seventy percent of those surveyed agreed that the Social Security program in its present form will run out of money at some point to pay all of the promised benefits, while 27 percent disagreed and 3 percent were unsure.

Nearly half of those polled (48 percent) said they trusted Democrats more to handle the issue of Social Security, while 36 percent indicated they'd trust Republicans more, and 15 percent said they trust neither.

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