Americans on Living 120 Years or More

In a recent survey by Pew Research on Religion and Public Life Project of a nationally representative sample of 2,012 adults, examining public attitudes about aging, health care, personal life satisfaction, possible medical advances (including radical life extension) and other bioethical issues. The survey was completed between March 21 to April 8, 2013 and was conducted by cell phones and landlines, in all 50 states.  The finding shows that Americans are not looking forward to living very long lives. The respondents were asked if they would choose to undergo medical treatments to slow the aging process and live to be 120 or more. More than half of respondents (56%) said that they would not, but more than two-thirds (68%) said that most people would. Also, respondents had problems with radically longer life spans saying that it may put a strain on the country’s natural resources and would probably only be available to the wealthy.  This study supports a population projection by the US Census Bureau that says, by the year 2050, 20% of Americans will be 65 or older, and about 400,000 will be 100 years or older.

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