Survey of Aging and Longevity, 2013

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Q25

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

FORM 1 & 2: On another topic, which comes closer to your view? In all circumstances, doctors and nurses should do everything possible to save the life of a patient. Or, sometimes there are circumstances where a patient should be allowed to die.
  1) Always save a life
  2) Sometimes let a patient die
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Always save a life 30.9% 30.9%
Sometimes let a patient die 65.6% 96.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.4% 99.9%
Total N = 1994

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-49 50-64 65-79 80 or more TOTAL
Always save a life 43.3% 33.2% 25.7% 20.7% 16.4% 31.0%
Sometimes let a patient die 54.3% 63.7% 70.7% 74.5% 79.5% 65.7%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.3% 3.1% 3.5% 4.8% 4.1% 3.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1964


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Always save a life 29.7% 26.8% 33.9% 31.1% 31.0%
Sometimes let a patient die 68.3% 69.5% 61.9% 65.9% 65.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 1.9% 3.7% 4.2% 3.1% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1994


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
Always save a life 57.5% 38.8% 25.6% 23.3% 11.3% 30.9%
Sometimes let a patient die 34.8% 59.2% 70.7% 74.8% 84.2% 65.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.7% 2.0% 3.8% 1.9% 4.5% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1982


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Living with a partner Divorced Separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Always save a life 28.4% 40.1% 24.6% 36.2% 17.5% 41.2% 31.1%
Sometimes let a patient die 68.5% 57.2% 67.9% 63.8% 75.8% 56.9% 65.5%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.1% 2.6% 7.6% 0.0% 6.7% 1.9% 3.5%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1986


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Always save a life 30.6% 31.2% 30.9%
Sometimes let a patient die 66.7% 64.7% 65.6%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 2.7% 4.1% 3.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1994


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hisp Black, non-Hisp Hispanic Other TOTAL
Always save a life 20.5% 52.2% 59.2% 36.1% 31.0%
Sometimes let a patient die 76.5% 43.0% 38.4% 59.7% 65.8%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 3.0% 4.8% 2.5% 4.2% 3.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1962



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