Consumers appear to be keyed into several issues that could impact their retirement readiness. According to the index survey, a significant percentage of respondents note that candidate positions on the following issues are likely to influence their vote.
- Health care: 60 percent
- Social Security: 55 percent
- Taxes: 53 percent
- Medicare: 52 percent
- Unemployment: 41 percent
Concerns regarding these issues likely parallel the uneasiness many consumers feel about their own ability to retire.
"The economic environment surely contributes to [retirement] uncertainty," said Suzanna de Baca, vice president of wealth strategies at Ameriprise Financial, in a written statement. "But with proper planning, people can regain a sense of financial security and confidence in the future."