Consumer Polls

NEFE commissions national surveys to better understand the financial realities of consumers. Discover results from a variety of our polls below. 


Tax Filing 2019

Results of a new survey from the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) on tax filing in 2019, find that among the 74 percent of U.S. adults who have filed taxes, two in five (42 percent) are happy with the outcome, while an additional 25 percent are neither happy nor unhappy.

New Year Resolutions 2019

NEFE's annual survey on consumer expectations, finds that almost eight out of 10 (79 percent) of U.S. adults will set a financial New Year’s resolution for 2019. A 10 percent increase over last year’s survey.

College Saving 2018

Managing rising education costs remains a challenge for families. A recent survey conducted by Harris Poll finds three quarters of American parents are regularly saving for their child’s education, yet two thirds will rely on grants/scholarships to pay for education costs, and about one third (34 percent) say they will rely on loans.

Financial Infidelity Reissue 2018

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has been following financial infidelity for a decade, and the problem continues to be prevalent among couples.

New Year Resolutions 2018

The latest issue of an annual survey on consumer expectations from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) finds over two thirds of U.S. adults will set a financial New Year’s resolution for 2018, a consistent indication that many Americans continue to focus on their financial health as much as their physical health.

Parents Supporting Adult Children 2017

This consumer survey, reissued from a previous release in 2011, looks at ways in which parents are providing financial support to their adult children. The online survey was conducted by Harris Poll® in December 2017.

Financial Education Impact 2017

According to a new survey from NEFE in partnership with Right About Money, 74 percent of Americans believe financial instruction in K-12 schools gets the best results in building financial well-being.

New Year Resolutions 2017

More than two thirds of adults will make a financial New Year’s resolution for 2017, a sign that Americans remain focused on their financial health as much as their physical health.

Election Outcome Affect on Personal Finance 2016

A post-election poll of more than 1,000 U.S. adults finds just 27 percent feel their individual/family personal finance situation will be better off under President-Elect Donald Trump.

Financial Health of Millennial-Age Parents 2016

Parents Magazine and National Endowment of Financial Education join forces to investigate the financial health of millennial-age parents and find they are suffering severe financial strain.

Financial Infidelity Confessions 2016

According to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), two in five Americans who have combined their finances in a current/past relationship admit to committing financial infidelity against their partner.

Technology Use to Achieve Goals 2015

Five in 10 U.S. adults say the use of technology has helped them achieve a goal. Some educators believe recent technological advances—including the gamification of curriculum—is a silver bullet to learning, yet according to this NEFE survey, just 27 percent say technology is a tool that has helped to better manage finances.

Relationships and Spending 2015

A survey in partnership with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and the love and relationship website YourTango.com shows seven in 10 Americans say they spend more money while in a relationship versus when they are single.

American Dream 2014

A new survey by NEFE finds that half of Americans say having enough money for retirement is their top financial goal and perceived importance of homeownership appears to be waning.

Jump$tart Financial Literacy Month 2014

A recent survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of NEFE and Jump$tart, finds that more than three in five families with kids under the age of 18 (62 percent) had talked about money matters within the past week.

Holiday Spending 2013

Consumers are feeling more confident about their ability to manage holiday expenses this year, but everyone can benefit from a spending reality check. This survey finds that 39 percent of Americans are much/somewhat more concerned about being able to afford holiday expenses this year compared to their level of confidence five years ago.

College Debt 2013

With the new school year fast approaching, many college students are looking for ways to help pay for their education. This study finds that 86 percent of college debt comes from loans and some are taking on the burden of debt and not achieving a degree.

Filing Taxes 2013

Filing taxes is a stressful time for many. This study reveals that 58 percent say something causes them worry or concern when thinking about preparing their taxes this year. The survey also reveals how much Americans expect to receive from their refund and what they plan to do with it.

Checkbook Balancing 2012

Taking the time to balance a checkbook is a task not many keep up. In this survey, NEFE asks who regularly monitors and manages the flow of money from their primary checking account.

Cognitive Decline 2012

As parents age it becomes critically important for families to have a plan in place for how finances will be managed. In this survey, NEFE finds that 86 percent trust family members to make financial decisions if they are unable to. Yet 69 percent say there are major barriers towards openly communicating with family members about possible cognitive decline issues.

Impulse Buying 2012

Buying an item on a whim sometimes can be a difficult urge to ignore. NEFE finds that in a typical month more than two-thirds of people make a purchase on impulse. The study reveals what triggers impulse buying, what percentage of people regret these purchases, and how much Americans spend on them.

Employee Benefits 2012

Continued high unemployment and an uncertain economic future have led many Americans who are working to stay put in their jobs—whether they are happy or not. One reason for employee dissatisfaction is that over the past five years, 40 percent of working adults have seen their benefits package reduced or eliminated entirely.

Marrying Your Money 2011

This survey finds that 86 percent of respondents say they will talk about money and their financial situations prior to their wedding. But do they know how to start the conversation with their partner?

Impulse Buying 2010

This online polling asked what triggers people to make impulse purchases, what they’re buying, and how much they’re spending.

Back to School Expenses 2010

This survey finds how much money parents with kids in grades K-12 plan to spend this fall on back-to-school expenses and what items will cost them the most.

Spring Event Spending 2010

NEFE wants to know just how much people will spend to attend weddings and what new high-school graduates plan to do with the money they get from their recent academic achievements.