Most Americans would rather not take medical treatments that would allow them to live to 120, according to poll data that Pew Research just released. Specifically, 56% said that they would not take such treatments, while only 38% said they would.
Meanwhile, the majority of Americans think that they’re in the minority, because while they said that they personally wouldn’t want such life extending treatments, 68% thought that “most people” would take them and only 27% would not. In other words, most Americans thought that most people would not behave like they do.
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans would like to live between 79 and 100 years old. Their median ideal life span is 90 years, which is about 11 years longer than today’s average U.S. life expectancy (78.7 years).
Some may this finding counter-intuitive: nearly twice as many people would rather die before 79 years old than live to be over 100 (14% vs. 8%, respectively).
Although only of a quarter of Americans think that by 2050 the average person will live to 120 years old, they are optimistic about future medical advances. For example, 7 out of 10 believe that we’ll cure most forms of cancer by 2050 and that artificial legs and arms will perform better than natural ones. Twice as many Americans think “medical advances” are “generally good” rather than “interfere with the natural cycle of life” (63% vs. 32%, respectively).
Still, let’s suppose that three-quarters of Americans are wrong and that people really will be able to live to 120 years old with a bit of medical help. Now let’s analyze the findings.