The Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) gauges the views and attitudes of working-age and retired Americans regarding retirement, their preparations for retirement, their confidence with regard to various aspects of retirement, and related issues. The RCS is the longest-running survey of its kind and is conducted annually by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and the independent research firm Greenwald & Associates.
The 2019 survey of 2,000 Americans was conducted online January 8 through January 23, 2019. All respondents were ages 25 or older. The survey included 1,000 workers and 1,000 retirees. The survey also included an oversample of 307 Gen X workers. Data were weighted by age, gender, and education. The margin of error is ± 3.16 percentage points for both workers and retirees in a similarly sized random sample.