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Report: Americans hold positive attitudes on aging populations

By Michael Krebs     Feb 13, 2014 in Lifestyle
In a new study published by the Pew Research Center, American attitudes toward aging and their projected prospects in their golden years are seen as firmly positive.
Americans are comfortable with the reality of an aging population and with their personal prospects in their golden years. This was the finding of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
According to the report, roughly 25 percent of Americans surveyed believe that the growing number of aging Americans poses a problem for the country.
Sourcing the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund, the Pew Research Center cited the fact that the percentage of GDP spent by the government on health will soar from 6.7 percent in 2010 to 14.9 percent in 2050. Additionally, government expenditure on pensions, expressed as a percentage of GDP, will climb from 6.8 percent in 2010 to 8.5 percent in 2050. These growth figures are a considerable concern for policymakers.
"These opinions differ sharply from public opinion in most of the 20 other countries that we surveyed," Rakesh Kochhar of the Pew Research Center wrote. "Americans are among the least likely to view aging as a major problem; they are more confident than most of their old-age economic well-being; and they are one of few to express in plurality that individuals are primarily responsible for their own well-being in old age."
In taking more of a global perspective, the Pew Research Center found more worry among Japanese populations on graying populations than American survey participants.
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