The Impact of Survey Choice on Measuring the Relative Importance of Social Security Benefits to the Elderly

by T. Lynn Fisher
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 67 No. 2, 2007
Table equivalent for Chart 1. Percentage of aged units 65 or older reporting all income from Social Security, 1978–2004
Year All
units
Beneficiary
units
1978 14 16
1980 13 14
1982 14 15
1984 13 14
1986 14 15
1988 13 14
1990 12 13
1992 13 14
1994 15 16
1996 17 18
1998 17 18
2000 18 20
2002 20 22
2004 20 21
SOURCE: Income of the Population 55 or Older, selected years.
Table equivalent for Chart 2. Percentage of aged units 65 or older reporting asset income, 1978–2004
Year All
units
Beneficiary
units
1978 62 63
1980 66 68
1982 68 69
1984 68 69
1986 67 68
1988 68 68
1990 69 70
1992 67 68
1994 67 69
1996 63 65
1998 61 65
2000 59 61
2002 55 58
2004 55 57
SOURCE: Income of the Population 55 or Older, selected years.
Table equivalent for Chart 3. Percentage of aged units 65 or older reporting pension income, 1978–2004
Year All
units
Beneficiary
units
1978 32 32
1980 34 35
1982 35 36
1984 38 38
1986 40 40
1988 42 43
1990 44 44
1992 45 46
1994 42 44
1996 41 43
1998 43 44
2000 41 43
2002 41 43
2004 41 43
SOURCE: Income of the Population 55 or Older, selected years.