Survey of Aging and Longevity, 2013

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Q58B

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

Do you personally believe that [INSERT ITEM AND RANDOMIZE] is morally acceptable, morally wrong, or is it not a moral issue? Medical research that uses embryonic stem cells
  1) Morally acceptable
  2) Morally wrong
  3) Not a moral issue
  4) Depends on situation (VOL.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (VOL.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Morally acceptable 31.8% 31.8%
Morally wrong 21.8% 53.6%
Not a moral issue 35.6% 89.2%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 2.1% 91.3%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.7% 100%
Total N = 4006

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 30-49 50-64 65-79 80 or more TOTAL
Morally acceptable 29.7% 31.0% 34.4% 32.7% 32.1% 31.9%
Morally wrong 20.8% 22.3% 22.5% 22.6% 16.7% 21.8%
Not a moral issue 41.4% 36.7% 33.0% 29.0% 32.1% 35.5%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.3% 2.3% 2.6% 1.6% 2.5% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 6.7% 7.7% 7.4% 14.0% 16.7% 8.6%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3943


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Morally acceptable 39.8% 33.1% 27.2% 31.5% 31.8%
Morally wrong 15.8% 20.9% 24.8% 22.5% 21.8%
Not a moral issue 35.6% 34.9% 36.8% 34.2% 35.6%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.7% 1.4% 2.3% 2.9% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.1% 9.7% 8.9% 8.8% 8.7%
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
Morally acceptable 25.6% 29.6% 30.7% 34.1% 43.7% 31.9%
Morally wrong 23.1% 21.9% 23.8% 21.6% 16.3% 21.9%
Not a moral issue 33.9% 36.6% 35.6% 36.1% 33.0% 35.5%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 0.8% 1.3% 3.0% 3.3% 1.8% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 16.6% 10.6% 7.0% 4.8% 5.3% 8.6%
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
Morally acceptable 32.2% 36.2% 31.7% 26.9% 30.4% 30.1% 31.8%
Morally wrong 23.0% 19.2% 18.2% 21.2% 19.4% 21.9% 21.6%
Not a moral issue 33.8% 34.2% 37.8% 43.3% 32.0% 39.6% 35.7%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 2.3% 2.2% 2.7% 2.9% 1.6% 1.6% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.7% 8.2% 9.7% 5.8% 16.6% 6.8% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3990


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Morally acceptable 33.1% 30.6% 31.8%
Morally wrong 22.7% 20.9% 21.8%
Not a moral issue 34.8% 36.4% 35.6%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 1.8% 2.4% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 7.7% 9.7% 8.7%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
4006


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hisp Black, non-Hisp Hispanic Other TOTAL
Morally acceptable 34.3% 27.9% 27.7% 25.6% 32.0%
Morally wrong 21.3% 19.6% 23.0% 26.0% 21.7%
Not a moral issue 34.0% 41.2% 36.3% 37.2% 35.4%
Depends on situation (VOL.) 2.2% 1.1% 1.8% 4.0% 2.1%
Don't know/Refused (VOL.) 8.2% 10.2% 11.3% 7.2% 8.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
3945



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