Here is the answer to Joanne Pennock’s question for SVM reporter David Giuliani in her letter published Jan. 25. She asked, “Why does everyone resent teachers’ pensions?”
The short answer is, They don’t. Recent polling data shows widespread support for government workers’ pensions.
Several groups hostile to government pensions hired a bipartisan polling team (Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies). They found that regardless of party, 55 percent believe public pension benefits are too small or about right. They found that 58 percent believe state officials as well as the economic downturn are to blame for pension shortfalls.
Despite the finding that most voters view government workers deserving of the benefits they earned, politicians continue pursuing the politics of resentment in their attempts to deprive workers of their retirement security.