The pensions minister's comments on Iain Duncan Smith's resignation were too personal and unprofessional according to a PP survey.
Many saw Altmann's behaviour as unprofessional but a portion of respondents praised her honesty.
Elsewhere a majority of respondents admitted they did not know what smart beta was and most people supported a flexible state pension age.
More than half of Pensions Buzz's 159 respondents believe Ros Altmann was wrong to criticise the now former Work and Pensions Secretary for resigning.
The pensions minister had said in a statement he was hard to work for, was obstructive on pension policy reform ideas, and suggested his resignation was really about the EU referendum campaign rather than disability benefit reforms.
Respondents said Altmann acted unprofessionally while others thought she overreacted.
A pundit said: "IDS's resignation was unrelated to Ros Altmann's role. Her comments were too personal (the reference to being ‘impossible to work for')."
Another said Duncan Smith resigned on a matter of principle and asked: "Who is she to criticise that?"
Others were more robust in their remarks with one respondent calling her a "hypocrite" and arguing her appointment was "one of Cameron's biggest mistakes".
Nonetheless 24% supported her stance and forthrightness. "It is blatantly obvious that she has been working with one hand tied behind her back and it's only right that she should so disclose," said a commentator.
A different respondent called IDS's resignation "pure theatre".
The same number, 24%, were undecided.
A looser state pension age would be a better system for the majority of people according to 53% of the industry.
People who did not have a formal education and those who worked in manual jobs would benefit the most from such an arrangement. "Needs to be flexible based upon the ability of the employee (mental/physical), and their disability needs (mental/physical)," said a pundit.
Another said having early retirement on the state pension should be offered like it was for mainstream pension schemes.
The system could work if the state pension was actuarially adjusted to take into account the age people chose to retire, a pundit said.
Interestingly 41% were against the proposals with one arguing
it would be horrendous to administer.
Another said the government should just provide the state pension with "no extras".
Only 6% sat on the fence.
Successful communication of pensions depends on more than members being tech savvy 67% replied.
People said that messages in any kind of medium need to be tailored to their audience while others suggested technology was just one element of communication.
A respondent said: "Successful communication depends on many factors, such as the skill of the pension scheme in using language that is appropriate to its membership and ensuring that every member can access the information in a way that best suits their needs. Technology is just one in a range of different delivery options."
Another suggested education and motivation were more important than technology.
Just under three in ten disagreed, viewing the roll-out of technology as inevitable. "As more and more schemes move to online communication and self-help arrangements the members need to understand how the various tools work and these also need to be very straightforward and error free," said a pundit.
The best way to make The Pension Regulator's (TPR) trustee toolkit more effective would be to raise awareness, said 39% of respondents.
Some observed making it mandatory would not increase usage while others believed it was already drawn upon by many trustees.
A pundit said: "It's a resource, not a piece of legislation. You can't make it mandatory. And I thought all trustees worth their salt were aware of it already."
Meanwhile a different commentator suggested it was better to expect trustees to use it rather than make it obligatory.
Nonetheless 38% argued the toolkit should be mandatory.
"Surely TPR is there to regulate. Let them get stuck in and show us how powerful they really are," said a respondent.
Demands on trustees are complicated and as a minimum all trustees should complete the toolkit, another argued.
The lowest portion, 23% thought simplification was the answer. "Much too complicated and sophisticated technically for those of us not on corporate networks," said a pundit.
More respondents, 37%, thought smart beta is overrated compared to 10% who did not.
Some argued it is the latest investment fashion and trustees do not really understand what smart beta is.
A pundit said: "Find me a trustee who truly understands what ‘smart beta' is. It's just another term (like ‘stochastic') that is used in order to sound up-to-date and proactive. At the end of the day everything boils down to one question: Is the fund performing well?"
Another said they still struggled to understand the difference between smart beta and alpha. "I'm beginning to suspect that there isn't any real, non-trivial difference, and that the whole concept is a marketing ploy," the same person continued.
Among those who supported smart beta, a commentator said it has place as long as there is honesty about what it was.
However a majority, 53%, said they did not know. Some admitted they were in the dark about smart beta with a respondent asking. "What is smart beta?"
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