A clear majority of people will remain in a workplace pension once auto-enrolled, a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) survey has found.
Attitudes to Pensions: The 2012 survey research showed 70% of those eligible for automatic enrolment said they were likely to stay in their pension scheme. It also showed 68% believed auto-enrolment was a good idea.
The research, in its third tranche after similar surveys in 2006 and 2009, asked 1,949 respondents in face-to-face interviews.
This is a slight improvement on research done earlier this year which showed the DWP expected two thirds to remain in their pension while 9% would definitely opt out.
Pensions minister Steve Webb said the results showed most people would stay in a scheme if given the chance to save and offering them a company pension would be a clear driver of that.
He added: "We are taking the hassle out of saving in a pension through automatic enrolment, we are working with the industry to restore trust and confidence in pensions and we will reform the state pension to make it simpler and clearer to understand.
"Last week the department published its proposals to reverse nearly half a century of declining membership in workplace pensions. The Reinvigorating Workplace Pensions paper contained new ideas for sharing the risks more equally between employer and employee."
The research also found young people were particularly detached from pensions as two fifths of 18 to 24-year-olds avoid thinking about retirement.
An area of improvement since 2009 was consumer knowledge on the link between final pension value and stock market performance and the need to buy an annuity, with 50% of respondents aware of the latter in 2012, up from 21% in 2009.
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