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BU Bulletin Poll: Multigenerational Living

With whom do you live?


18-49
50+
Overall
Alone, by myself
5%
23%
13%
My spouse or partner
57%
56%
57%
My child or children, less than 18 years old
45%
10%
30%
My child or children, more than 18 years old
12%
19%
15%
My grandchildren
<1%
4%
2%
My parents
26%
7%
18%
My in-laws
7%
2%
5%
My siblings
20%
5%
14%
Friends
3%
3%
3%
Roommates
6%
2%
4%


How likely is it that you may need to move in with another family member or friend, or that they may need to move in with you, this year?


18-49
50+
Overall
Extremely likely
3%
2%
2%
Very likely
4%
4%
4%
Somewhat likely
9%
9%
9%
Not very likely
22%
23%
22%
Not at all likely
60%
60%
60%

If likely, why do you think this move may be necessary?

Birth in family
3%
Death in family
9%
Change in marital status
5%
Change in job status
19%
Loss of income
34%
Gain in income
10%
Change in health status
18%
Home foreclosure
8%
Another reason
13%
Don’t know
2%
Refused
5%

Has such a move occurred in the past six months?


18-49
50+
Overall
Yes
14%
8%
12%
No
86%
92%
88%

If a move of this type became necessary in the future, on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being “not at all comfortable” and 5 being “extremely comfortable,” how comfortable would you be living with additional friends or family members?


18-49
50+
Overall
Extremely comfortable
17%
10%
14%
Very comfortable
15%
12%
14%
Somewhat comfortable
28%
26%
27%
Not very comfortable
13%
16%
14%
Not at all comfortable
26%
34%
29%
Don’t know
<1%
1%
1%
Refused
<1%
<1%
1%


Survey of 1,002 adults age 18 and older conducted by ICR between Jan. 15 and Jan. 19, 2009.



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