The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion conducted the poll and reported that 69% of Americans – including 71% of Gen-Xers and 61% of Millennials – say they have a responsibility to provide for those who retire before them.
The greatest concerns of Baby Boomers – 77 million Americans born between January 1, 1946, and December 31, 1964 – about life after age 65 are finances (48%) and health (34%).
According to the news release, 61% worry that Baby Boomers will bankrupt Social Security, while 59% believe the needs of aging Boomers may overload the healthcare system.
Younger generations diverge from their elders in some key areas. Thirty-one percent of Millennials feel that Boomers should be encouraged to retire, versus 8% of the Silent-Greatest generation and 16% of Boomers themselves. Likewise, 37% of Millennials believe they should bear no responsibility to provide for retirees.
The report details the findings from a telephone survey taken between December 2-8, 2010, of 1,029 adults in the continental U.S.