Should government get (more) involved in retirement planning? Yes, if a new survey from The Pew Charitable Trusts is any indication. The organization found that workers generally like the state-sponsored auto-IRA concept.
Workers were asked about such programs both early in the survey and then after hearing critical details. The largely positive responses were little changed.
Only 13 percent said they would opt out of an auto-IRA.
Still, a quarter said they are unsure whether they would take part, although they would be automatically enrolled by default if they remained undecided, according to the survey, meaning they would start saving, but these workers might be more likely than others to opt out at a later date.
The findings mirror those of a similar AARP survey from March, which showed that showed an “overwhelming percentage” (84 percent) of American private sector workers strongly, or somewhat, agree that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.”
AARP noted that its survey of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans. However, it found strong backing across all races, ethnicities and political ideologies for elected officials to clear the way for employee savings initiatives.
The total agreeing that lawmakers should support positive legislative action included 89 percent of Asian Americans, 86 percent of whites, 83 percent of African Americans and 78 percent of Latinos/as.
It an interesting add-on, it included 89 percent of self-identified liberals, 86 percent of moderates and 82 percent of conservatives.
Backers of one of the most recent, in Oregon, launched OregonSaves, a Roth IRA, on July 1.