Washington, D.C. — Having enough money saved for retirement is one of the biggest financial challenges Americans face. With the central role that 401(k)-type plans have come to play, those who lack the opportunity to save in a workplace retirement account are at a severe disadvantage. In a survey with Morning Consult, the Funding Our Future campaign found that 31 percent of employed Americans do not have access to retirement savings accounts through their workplace.
Of those without access, 75 percent said they would be likely to set aside money in such a plan if they were given the option. This means an additional 33.8 million (1) Americans could be saving through a workplace retirement savings plan if they were given the option – a major opportunity to improve retirement readiness across the country. Notably, the likelihood to save does differ by gender, with 82 percent of women saying they were somewhat or very likely to save if given access, compared to 69 percent for men.
The nationwide tracking poll was conducted June 7-9, 2019, by Morning Consult, polled 840 employed adults. The interviews were conducted online and the data was weighted to approximate a target sample of employed adults based on age, education attainment, gender, race, and region. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.