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The Townsend Plan continued to agitate for higher benefits
after the Social Security Act's passage and reached its peak of
support in the months after it was enacted. The Townsend
organization could plausibly claim that the benefits were far
less than what the American public wanted. The average Old
Age Assistance benefit was about $20 per month as late as
1939, and the program known as Social Security was not due
to take effect until 1942, despite the fact that opinion polls
indicated that the American public thought that $40 per month
was fair for the elderly.