Survey of Aging and Longevity, 2013

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(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Please tell me if you think each of the following trends is generally a good thing for American society, a bad thing for American society, or doesn't make much difference? [INSERT ITEM; RANDOMIZE] More people who are not religious
  1) Good thing for society
  2) Bad thing for society
  3) Doesn't make much difference
  9) Don't now/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Good thing for society 10.7% 10.7%
Bad thing for society 47.6% 58.3%
Doesn't make much difference 39.1% 97.4%
Don't now/Refused (VOL.) 2.7% 100.1%
Total N = 4006

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-49 50-64 65-79 80 or more TOTAL
Good thing for society 14.6% 10.4% 10.4% 6.4% 10.4% 10.8%
Bad thing for society 32.6% 45.8% 57.1% 57.7% 42.9% 47.5%
Doesn't make much difference 50.3% 41.4% 30.5% 32.4% 39.3% 39.0%
Don't now/Refused (VOL.) 2.5% 2.4% 2.0% 3.5% 7.4% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3943


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Good thing for society 11.7% 8.7% 8.6% 15.2% 10.7%
Bad thing for society 36.9% 50.9% 54.4% 42.0% 47.6%
Doesn't make much difference 48.3% 38.8% 34.1% 40.0% 39.1%
Don't now/Refused (VOL.) 3.1% 1.7% 2.9% 2.8% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
4006


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school (Grades 1-8 or no formal schooling) or high school incomplete High school graduate (Grade 12 with diploma or GED certificate) Some college, no degree (includes community college) or two year associate degree from a college or university Four year college or university degree/Bachelor's degree (e.g., BS, BA, AB) Some postgraduate or professional schooling, no postgraduate degree or Postgraduate or professional degree, including master's, doctorate, medical or law degree TOTAL
Good thing for society 10.1% 7.7% 11.2% 13.9% 13.8% 10.7%
Bad thing for society 36.9% 50.0% 48.9% 50.6% 43.9% 47.7%
Doesn't make much difference 48.5% 39.2% 37.9% 34.3% 39.0% 39.0%
Don't now/Refused (VOL.) 4.5% 3.1% 2.0% 1.2% 3.3% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3984


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Good thing for society 9.5% 14.2% 9.4% 7.6% 9.6% 13.2% 10.7%
Bad thing for society 54.0% 38.5% 51.2% 41.0% 53.4% 34.7% 47.6%
Doesn't make much difference 34.3% 45.9% 35.3% 49.5% 32.5% 49.5% 39.1%
Don't now/Refused (VOL.) 2.2% 1.4% 4.1% 1.9% 4.4% 2.7% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3990


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Good thing for society 11.8% 9.6% 10.7%
Bad thing for society 45.7% 49.4% 47.6%
Doesn't make much difference 40.2% 38.1% 39.1%
Don't now/Refused (VOL.) 2.4% 2.9% 2.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4006


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hisp Black, non-Hisp Hispanic Other TOTAL
Good thing for society 10.3% 9.4% 13.6% 10.8% 10.7%
Bad thing for society 50.4% 52.5% 36.4% 38.3% 47.7%
Doesn't make much difference 37.3% 35.7% 44.6% 47.3% 38.9%
Don't now/Refused (VOL.) 2.0% 2.4% 5.4% 3.6% 2.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3945



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