Public OpinionState Retirement Savings Resource Center

AARP Public Policy Institute

 

State retirement savings plans have many stakeholders. This section compiles public opinion polls, small business surveys, and expert opinions on state-sponsored retirement savings plans and features like automatic enrollment.

 

State-Specific Surveys

 

California

Giving Small Businesses a Competitive Edge: The California Retirement Savings Plan

Brittne Nelson, Ph.D., AARP Research — March 2016

California small business owners support a state retirement savings plan.

 

Connecticut

 

A Common Sense Approach: The Connecticut Work and Save Plan, an AARP Survey of CT Registered Voters Ages 35-64

January 2016

The AARP CT survey of registered voters age 35-64 in CT explored opinions on retirement security, savings options, and state work & save legislation.

 

Giving Small Businesses a Competitive Edge: The Connecticut Retirement Savings Plan

April 2015

3 in 5 small business owners support a Connecticut retirement savings plan and more agree that residents should be encouraged to save for retirement.

 

Illinois

2015 Illinois State Budget Survey

December 2015

Illinoisans aged 50+ oppose the prospect of a new tax on retirement income to fix the state’s budget crisis.

 

Kentucky

A Common Sense Approach: The 2015 Kentucky Work and Save Plan

August 2015

Survey findings show 4 in 5 Kentucky registered voters age 35-64 are concerned about insecure retirements due to low retirement savings.

 

Massachusetts
Anxious and Distracted: The 2014 Massachusetts Financial Security Survey of Registered Voters Age 45+
Brittne Nelson and Eowna Young Harrison — October 2014
Massachusetts registered voters age 45+ are anxious about their retirement years and worried about having enough money in savings.

Minnesota

Summary of AARP Survey of Minnesota Registered Voters Age 45+: Opinions on Retirement Security, March 2014

Aisha Bonner — March 2014

Minnesota residents age 45+ are highly in favor of a voluntary state-sponsored retirement savings plan. 

 

New Jersey

2016 New Jersey Small Business Owner Survey: The Need for a Competitive Edge

Brittne Nelson — January 2016

Four of five New Jersey small business owners agree that the New Jersey governor should support work and save legislation.

 

Making Retirement a Reality: The Secure Choice Retirement Savings Plan

Brittne Nelson — June 2015

Seven in ten New Jersey voters support a state retirement savings plan that would help residents build their own private retirement savings.

 

New York

High Anxiety: New York’s Gen X and Boomers Struggle with Stress, Savings and Security

Angela Houghton — May 2015

A survey of New York voters on retirement preparedness reveals a Gen X population that is even more financially anxious than pre-retiree Boomers. 

 

2014 State of the 50+ in New York State

Angela Houghton — October 2014

Many 50+ New Yorkers see a future where they will never be able to retire because of caregiving and economic issues.

 

North Carolina

2016 AARP Survey: Gubernatorial Issues Facing North Carolina Voters Ages 45+

September 2016

A majority (76%) of older North Carolina registered voters support a professionally managed state retirement savings plan, with over two in five (43%) saying they strongly support this plan.

 

North Dakota

2014 North Dakota Caregiving and Financial Security Study Briefs

January 2015

Nearly one-third of North Dakota voters age 45+ are generally worried about not being able to save enough money for retirement.

 

Oregon

2015 Oregon Small Business Owner Work and Save

Brittne Nelson — April 2015

More than two-thirds of small business owners agree that Oregon should do more to encourage residents to save for retirement.

 

Texas

On the Wrong Path: Financial Insecurity Among Adults and Women in the Lone Star State

Brittne Nelson — September 2014

Many Texas adults, particularly women age 40-64, are on a path of financial insecurity that will not lead to a financially secure retirement.

 

Utah

Making Retirement a Reality: Helping Utahns Age 25-64 Save and Take Control of Their Future

February 2015

A Utah retirement savings plan that would help Utahns build their own private retirement savings is supported by three in four adults age 25-64

 

Virginia

AARP Survey of Virginia Registered Voters Age 45+: Opinions About State Retirement Plan

January 2015

Virginia registered voters age 45+ support a state-run retirement savings plan so all residents can have the opportunity to save for retirement.

 

Wisconsin

Building a Secure Financial Future in Wisconsin

January 2015

Being short of savings for retirement is a concern of working Wisconsin registered voters, and many may put off retirement as long as possible

 

Other Resources

 

2014 Retirement Confidence Survey: A Secondary Analysis of the Findings from Respondents Age 50+

Alicia Williams and Jonathan Jackson — June 2015

2014 Retirement Confidence Survey respondents age 50 and older share their views on their retirement expectations, preparations and experiences.

 

Survey of Employee Sentiments on Saving for Retirement 2009 (PDF)
Retirement Made Simpler — 2009
A survey of employee attitudes about automatic enrollment and retirement saving.

 

What the Media and Others Are Saying About the Automatic IRA (PDF)
Retirement Security Project
A 2009 collection of quotes on the Automatic IRA.

Saving for Retirement at Work: Employee and Business Reactions to an Automatic IRA Concept (PDF)
Prudential Retirement — January 2008
A survey of employers and employees on the Automatic IRA.

Retirement Made Simpler Employee Satisfaction Study 2008 (PDF)
Retirement Made Simpler — 2008
An important survey of what automatically enrolled employees think about auto features.

Retirement Made Simpler Employee Satisfaction Study 2007 (PDF)
Retirement Made Simpler — 2007
An important survey of employees about automatic enrollment.

Automatic 401(k) Plans: Employer Views on Enrolling New and Existing Employees
AARP — 2010
A 2010 AARP survey of employers about automatic enrollment.

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