NCPERS launched its Secure Choice Pension (SCP) proposal in September. The plan, which is modeled on the public pension system, would allow private-sector employers to provide workers with a guaranteed, lifetime retirement income that would be immune to stock market fluctuations and economic downturns.
Key findings from the NCPERS survey include:
• Small business owners support the SCP proposal, regardless of whether or not they already provide a retirement benefit to their employees. Among all small business owners, support ran at 82%. Support ran slightly higher among those who already offer retirement benefits, at 84%. Even among owners who offer no benefits, 80% supported the proposal.
• Political affiliation did not have a significant impact on support for the SCP. Support among Democrats, who made up 31% of the respondents, was 82%. Support among Independents, who made up 36% of the respondents, was 84%. Support among Republicans, who made up 33% of the respondents, was 80%.
• Three out of four small business owners who already offer retirement benefits (75%) expressed interest in adopting the SCP for their own employees. Fifty-nine percent of small business owners who currently offer no retirement benefits are interested adopting the SCP. Among all business owners, 69% expressed interest in offering the SCP to their employees.
• The majority of small business owners (82%) agree that offering a retirement benefit helps to recruit and retain good employees.
• More than half (56%) of small business owners worry about their own retirement security and 65% worry their employees will not have enough money to retire.
• Seventy-three percent feel a responsibility to provide some kind of retirement benefit.
• Most small business owners (83%) say their employees would like a more secure option for their retirement savings.
• Fifty percent of small business owners say retirement benefits are too complicated to administer, while 63% say retirement plans are too expensive.
The survey was conducted by Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group in mid-September among 500 small business owners.