38% Had Close Friend or Family Member Pass Away in 2018

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of American adults had a close friend or family member pass away in 2018. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey also found that 22% had a close friend or family member move far away from them during the past year.

Senior citizens were a bit more likely than younger adults to lose friends or family members to death. Younger adults were far more likely to have someone close to them move far away. Forty-one percent (41%) of adults under 35 experienced people moving far away. Just 11% of senior citizens had that experience (see crosstab results).

Despite these sad moments from the past year, most Americans (56%) rated 2018 as a good or an excellent year. An even larger number–77%– expect that 2019 will be a good or an excellent year.

The survey also found that 12% of Americans moved to a new home last year. Just 3% moved to a new state however. The number of Americans moving to a new home each year has declined dramatically over the past generation.

As discussed in my book, The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not, the freedom to move explains why we are happier with local government than with the federal government. We get to choose where we live and that gives us the power to hold local government accountable. Just like voluntary organizations and retail firms, communities compete for residents, employers and jobs.

The fact that individuals and businesses are free to move places great constraints on the power of local government officials. If, for example, the officials raise taxes too high or cut valued services too low, some people would move away. Others who had been thinking of moving to the community for the first time would re-evaluate their options. Housing prices would decline and the community would become less desirable.

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The national survey of 1,077 Adults was conducted December 26-27, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

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