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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.
Brittne Nelson, Ph.D., AARP Research — March 2016
California small business owners support a state retirement savings plan.
The AARP CT survey of registered voters age 35-64 in CT explored opinions on retirement security, savings options, and state work & save legislation.
3 in 5 small business owners support a Connecticut retirement savings plan and more agree that residents should be encouraged to save for retirement.
Illinoisans aged 50+ oppose the prospect of a new tax on retirement income to fix the state’s budget crisis.
Survey findings show 4 in 5 Kentucky registered voters age 35-64 are concerned about insecure retirements due to low retirement savings.
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.
Aisha Bonner — March 2014
Minnesota residents age 45+ are highly in favor of a voluntary state-sponsored retirement savings plan.
Brittne Nelson — January 2016
Four of five New Jersey small business owners agree that the New Jersey governor should support work and save legislation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nearly one-third of North Dakota voters age 45+ are generally worried about not being able to save enough money for retirement.
Selected Small Businesses in Oregon and Their Decisions Concerning Employee Retirement Plans
Margaret B. Neal, Sarah Dys, Serena Hasworth, & Gabrielle King, Portland State University Institute on Aging – October 2017
Interviews with Oregon small business owners shed light on perspectives and early experiences with OregonSaves, a payroll deduction IRA program launched by the state in 2017.
DHM Research, commissioned by AARP – October 2017
A survey of Oregon residents finds overwhelming support for the OregonSaves retirement program even among groups that might not directly benefit from the program.
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.
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.
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 registered voters age 45+ support a state-run retirement savings plan so all residents can have the opportunity to save for retirement.
Being short of savings for retirement is a concern of working Wisconsin registered voters, and many may put off retirement as long as possible
Pew Charitable Trusts – July 2017
A unique nationally representative survey of small businesses (5 to 250 employees) about their views on automatic state-facilitated auto-IRA programs for small business employees.
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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