Eighty percent of young Americans ages 22 to 33 say they have learned from the Great Recession that they need to save now to survive economic problems down the road. But far fewer of them are actually saving for their future.
That is one finding of a new comprehensive poll of members in the Millennial Generation done recently by Harris Poll on behalf of Wells Fargo, along with a companion survey of Baby Boomers, those aged 49 to 59 years old.
“The silver lining of the recession that started over five years ago is that a majority of millennials get that saving is a necessity,” said Karen Wimbish, director of Retail Retirement at the sponsoring bank. Reality is, according to the poll results, that at least 40 percent of these young persons feel overwhelmed by their personal debt, and even higher among women.
“Millennial men are earning more, saving greater percentages of their income and report having more accumulated assets,” she added. For college-educated millennials, median annual income is reported to be $83,000 for men and $63,000 for women.
These results come from an online poll that included responses from 1,639 persons between ages 22 and 33, with those weighted, as needed, to represent the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income.