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The surveys say: Workers worry about retirement, women ask for directions and let’s teach finances in high school

It’s been a big week for surveys on subjects ranging from asking for directions to chances for sustainable retirement from the public sector.

Here’s a sample of what the surveys said:

Pemco Insurance asked people about asking for directions.

•  47 percent of Washington and Oregon drivers think it’s less distracting to use GPS while driving than to use a cell phone.



•  27 percent of drivers rate themselves as having an “exceptional” sense of direction; 36 percent of male drivers say they’re exceptional versus 20 percent of female drivers.



•  65 percent of Northwest men say they don’t mind asking for directions versus 77 percent of women who don’t mind asking for help.



•  Men prefer directions that include street names; women prefer to use landmarks.



Workplace Impact, a company that provides at-work consumer marketing, asked women about being connected during vacations.

•  62 percent said checking work emails and work calls on vacation frustrates their loved ones.



•  79 percent refuse to check emails and phone messages on vacation while 60 percent said they would seek a vacation destination where they could remain disconnected from the work grid.



The Center for State and Local Government Excellence and TIAA-CREF report about sentiments related to public sector retirement.

•  Only 18 percent of full-time public-sector workers are “very confident” about their prospects for retirement income.



•  In 2012, 72 percent or those polled expected to work for pay after retirement. By 2014 the number had fallen to 49 percent.



•  7 percent of state and local government employees are “very confident” that Social Security will continue to provide benefits at least equal to benefits retirees receive today; 55 percent were “not confident.”



Finally, MoneyRates.com conducted a survey that asked 2,000 American adults about financial literacy.

•  61 percent who said they received a sound financial education in high school claimed to be fluent in both basic and advanced financial topics; the number dropped to 22 percent of those who received “some but not a lot” of financial education.



•  29 percent of women said they received some or a lot of financial education compared with 43 percent of men.



•  62 percent of respondents said financial education should be a requirement in high school; 88 percent said such teaching should at least be available to students.



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