Latest Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Poll show most respondents want the programs improved, not cut.
Americans support trimming the federal budget but also want programs like Medicare, Social Security and infrastructure left alone.
Experts say Medicare will go broke in five years and Social Security will follow in a dozen unless serious reform comes.
In recent years, Republicans keep coming up with ways to cut aid to Americans who paid for Social Security and Medicare while propping up aid to the rich who pay no taxes.
Only about half of working Americans are saving for their retirement. More and more current retirees depend only on Social Security in their later years.
The hike brings the rising costs of things that retirees need into the election spotlight.
A raise that should be the largest increase in 40 years will be announced on Thursday and will take effect in January.
A deal between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin wants to revive efforts to expand Medicare