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 2022 survey of 2,677 Americans was conducted online January 4 through January 26, 2022. All respondents were age 25 or older. The survey included 1,545 workers and 1,132 retirees — this year included an oversample of roughly 807 completed surveys among LGBTQ individuals (639 workers and 168 retirees).
Data were weighted by age, sex, LGBTQ status, household income, and race/ethnicity. Unweighted sample sizes are noted on charts to provide information for margin of error estimates. The margin of error would be ± 2.5 percentage points for workers, ± 3.0 for retirees, and ± 3.5 for LGBTQ respondents in a similarly sized random sample.