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Subject:  Poll: the 50% Social Security spousal benefit Date:  12/11/2012  6:25 AM
Author:  alstroemeria Number:  46740 of 139084

Do your family/friends benefit from the 50% spousal benefit? How old is the person taking this benefit (or how old are they now if they are planning to take the benefit when they are older)?

Don't bother posting about parents older than Baby Boomers. Not many women worked, or worked much, in older generations. Although in my case, my mother earned a higher benefit than my father--but not so much higher that he needed the 50% benefit.

Not the widow/widower 100% benefit, but the 50% benefit where both souses are living but one earned so much less of a Social Security benefit on their own work record that they do better taking 50% of their spouse's. Including ex-spouse's.
 26% (4 Votes)
I/my spouse am/is taking/will take the 50% benefit and is a Baby Boomer (66 or younger).
 13% (2 Votes)
I/my spouse am/is taking/will take the 50% benefit and is older than a Boomer.
 33% (5 Votes)
At least one of my siblings/their spouse is/will take the 50% benefit.
 20% (3 Votes)
No close relatives, but more distant ones and/or friends are taking/will take it.
 6% (1 Vote)
I've got a 50% benefit in my pants...

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