Mention “cut” and Social Security in the same sentence and fear and ignorance show themselves instantly. Politicians know this and use it effectively.
Americans have no clue how SS works, how the funding or benefit calculation works, that the taxes they pay are unrelated to their benefit or that the program is skewed to provide a greater benefit to lower in income citizens. Take a look at two of the many comments to the Tweet below. That Tweet in itself displays an ignorance – more likely intentional misleading.