Meanwhile, just 44 percent of the population trusts Democrats more than Republicans on Medicare, and 46 percent on Medicaid. Which is pretty much insane and absolutely reiterates why Democrats need to be making these programs—including Social Security—key issues. They're among the most important issues for the whole country, including Republicans!

   Democrats need to be not just holding the line on these programs, but talking about strengthening and expanding them. They need to be taking every opportunity to show just how destructive and extreme the Republican vision for these cherished programs is. Clearly, Democrats have a lot to gain by doing so since not even 50 percent of the population recognizes that contrast.

Joan McCarter -- DailyKos