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2018 AARP Survey of Registered Voters in South Carolina on State Retirement Savings Program

Greenville, South Carolina, USA downtown cityscape on the Reedy River.

This survey of South Carolina registered voters ages 25-64 was conducted by AARP to gauge opinions and support about a state retirement savings program. The survey found that South Carolina registered voters are anxious about having enough money for retirement, and young and old alike are not certain they are saving or have saved enough for retirement. Support is high among voters for a state retirement savings program and most agree that state elected officials should support the program.

Key findings include:

  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of South Carolina registered voters feel anxious about having enough money to live comfortably in their retirement years.
  • Most (80%) support a private-public managed state retirement savings option and agree (90%) that state lawmakers should support legislation that makes it easier for workers to save for retirement.
  • One in seven (17%) South Carolina registered voters say their employer does not offer a retirement savings plan.

The AARP 2018 South Carolina Retirement Security Study was a telephone study among 504 registered voters age 25-64 in South Carolina on retirement savings issues. Interviews were conducted June 21 – July 3, 2018. The sample was drawn from a registered voter list. Half (50%) of the interviews were conducted via landline phone and half (40%) via cell phone. All data are weighted by age and gender according to June 2018 South Carolina voter database statistics. For more information on this issue in South Carolina, contact Jim Love, Jr. at For questions about the methodology or survey, contact Jennifer Sauer at For media inquiries contact


Suggested Citation:

Sauer, Jennifer. 2018 South Carolina Retirement Security Survey. Washington, DC: AARP Research, October 2018.

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