New Poll Shows Voters in CA-17 Overwhelmingly Support Rep. Mike Honda for Re-Election

Silicon Valley, CA – A new poll released today shows that voters in California’s 17th Congressional District overwhelmingly support Rep. Mike Honda for re-election over his opponent, 49% – 15%.

The poll reveals strong support for Honda’s progressive leadership in Congress, especially his work strengthening Social Security. Rep. Honda announced earlier this month that he is introducing a bill to strengthen Social Security by expanding benefits and scrapping the cap that exempts income over $113,700 from Social Security taxes. When asked if they support the bill, over 50% of those sampled responded that they do.

“I have never shied away from fighting for what is right for my constituents. My mother worked her whole life and would have fallen into certain poverty without the safety net of Social Security to sustain her. This is the cruel threat faced by seniors I speak with every day, and these are the people I fight for in Congress,” said Rep. Honda.

The poll was commissioned jointly by Democracy for America (DFA) and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and conducted by Public Policy Polling between August 2nd and 4th and sampled likely primary voters in California’s 17th Congressional District. The full results are below.

Jim Dean, the Chair of Democracy for America, said, “Voters in California’s 17th District strongly support expanding Social Security, so it should be no surprise that they also strongly support Mike Honda, the only candidate in the race who unequivocally backs the idea. At the end of the day, Californians expect their Representatives to be the progressive leaders in Congress and, on the issue of Social Security expansion, Honda is once again answering that call.”

If the primary for Congress were held today, and the candidates were Democrat Mike Honda and Democrat Ro Khanna, for whom would you vote?
Mike Honda…………………………………………….. 49%
Ro Khanna……………………………………………… 15%
Undecided………………………………………………. 36%
(Asked of 806 California-17 primary voters – MOE 3.5%,)

If Democrat Mike Honda campaigned on the idea of increasing Social Security benefits, would that make you more supportive or less supportive of his candidacy for Congress, or would it not make a difference?
More supportive ………………………………………. 46%
Less supportive……………………………………….. 13%
Wouldn’t make a difference……………………….. 35%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 6%
(Asked of 416 California-17 jungle primary voters – MOE 4.8%)

A proposal in Congress would increase Social Security benefits, resulting in a worker at age 75 receiving $452 more in benefits per year and a worker at age 85 receiving $807 more per year. It would be paid for by asking the rich to pay their fair share into Social Security. Do you support or oppose this proposal?
Support ………………………………………………….. 59%
Oppose ………………………………………………….. 23%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 18%
(Asked of 416 CA-17 likely jungle primary voters – MOE 4.8%)

Right now, wealthy Americans only pay Social Security taxes on the first $113,000 of their income. In order to strengthen Social Security, do you support or oppose scrapping this cap so that wealthy Americans pay the same rate on their income as ordinary Americans?
Support ………………………………………………….. 54%
Oppose ………………………………………………….. 19%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 27%
(Asked of 806 CA-17 likely jungle primary voters – MOE 3.5%)

Do you support or oppose the recent White House proposal to cut the cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security benefits, resulting in a worker at age 75 receiving $658 less in benefits per year?
Support ………………………………………………….. 11%
Oppose ………………………………………………….. 59%
Not sure …………………………………………………. 29%
(Asked of 416 CA-17 likely jungle primary voters – MOE 4.8%)

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