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AARP Bulletin Poll on Workers 50+: Executive Summary

What do older workers think about age-based discrimination in the workplace? How satisfied are they with their current jobs? Do their past expectations match today's reality? At what ages do they think they will stop working completely and not work for pay at all? What types of work arrangements are prevalent among older workers?

This AARP-commissioned telephone survey of 510 age 50+ workers finds:

  • Retirees returning to the workforce: 38 percent of workers aged 60+ reported having retired from a previous career, but number dips to 11 percent among age 50-54 workers
  • Past expectations match today's reality: 90 percent of workers age 50-54 expected to be working at their current age, but only 66 percent of age 60+ workers anticipated this
  • Full retirement age projected to be 65 or 70: 23 percent think they will stop working completely at 65 and not work for pay at all, while 16 percent estimated 70, and 7 percent indicated they never plan to stop working
  • Older workers are satisfied with their overall job, but not so much with certain elements of their job: 90 percent reported being satisfied with their jobs; satisfaction dropped to 67 percent when asked about their benefits, 72 percent about current pay, and 75 percent about their current managers

This telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 510 age 50+ “workers” (employed full-time, part-time or temporarily unemployed) was conducted for AARP and the AARP Bulletin by International Communications Research (ICR) using its national omnibus survey between August 1st and 8th, 2007. Further information about the poll results may be obtained by contacting the report's author, Dawn V. Nelson, at 202-434-6325. (5 pages)