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 2018 survey of 2,042 Americans ages 25 or older was conducted online January 3 through January 16, 2018. The survey includes 1,002 workers and 1,040 retirees. Data were weighted by age, sex, and education. The margin of error is ± 3.16 percentage points for all workers and ± 3.10 percentage points for all retirees.