Experiences with the COVID-19 outbreak can vary for Americans of different ages
Here's what our surveys have found about how Americans across the age spectrum have experienced the coronavirus pandemic.
The financial risk to U.S. business owners posed by COVID-19 outbreak varies by demographic group
More than four-in-ten U.S. businesses with paid employees are in industries likely to be financially affected more deeply by the outbreak.
Populations skew older in some of the countries hit hard by COVID-19
Some countries where COVID-19 has been deadliest – including the United States and Italy – have populations that skew considerably older than the global average.
Older Americans continue to follow COVID-19 news more closely than younger adults
More than two-thirds of adults ages 65 or older said they were following news of the pandemic very closely.
Older people account for large shares of poll workers and voters in U.S. general elections
Older adults tend to account for large shares of both poll workers and voters in general elections in the United States.
Older people are more likely to live alone in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world
In the United States, 27% of adults ages 60 and older live alone, compared with 16% of adults in the 130 countries and territories studied.
U.S. Public Views on Climate and Energy
A majority of U.S. adults say they are taking at least some specific action in their daily lives to protect the environment, though Democrats and Republicans remain at ideological odds over the causes of climate change and the effects of policies to address it.
G7 nations stand out for their low birth rates, aging populations
Lower fertility rates and aging populations have become worldwide concerns, but the G7 nations have stood out for their lower birth rates and graying populations.
On average, older adults spend over half their waking hours alone
Alone time for older Americans amounts to about seven hours a day. Time spent alone rises to over 10 hours a day among those living on their own.
Americans 60 and older are spending more time in front of their screens than a decade ago
Those 60 and older now spend more than half of their daily leisure time, four hours and 16 minutes, in front of screens.
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