The American population is getting older. About 41 million are 65 or older, reports the Pew Research Center, and this number will grow in the years ahead.
Do you think that a growing population of old people is a good or a bad thing for society?
Average age in America is going up for a number of reasons. One is declining fertility. That means more and more Americans are having fewer and fewer children. We are now below the replacement rate of two kids per family. But the American population is still growing, due to immigration.
Mainly, the older population is growing due to advances in medicine and public health that will greatly lengthen life spans. More and more people will be living to 120 and beyond.
Is that a good thing?
Only 10% of Americans think that “having more elderly people” in the population is a bad thing for society, Pew reports. About half (47%) says that it doesn’t make much difference. And, 41% think it would be a good thing for American society.
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