Top metro areas for retirement readinessThe index polled consumers from the 30 largest metro areas in the United States to determine which residents were most prepared and most confident in their ability to retire. These five metro areas formed the top of the 2012 rankings.
- Hartford-New Haven
- San Diego
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
Election issues surveyedIn addition to retirement preparedness and confidence, the index surveyed consumers on issues surrounding the upcoming presidential election.
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