60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Mortality

Who would you be most willing to give your life for? These and other questions relating to human mortality

Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll for September 2013. Summer vacations are winding down and the kids are back in school. It's time for Americans to get serious again and this month's poll topic is serious bordering on grave: human mortality. Who would you be most willing to give your life for? People have always been fascinated with questions about death and dying. In response, the pharaohs built the pyramids, Shakespeare asked the ultimate question, "To be, or not to be" and Hollywood has been having it both ways lately with stories about the undead.

This month, Americans are asked to contemplate their own mortality. What do you think? We look forward to hearing your opinions. And now the results...

Americans would overwhelmingly give up their life for a family member. Fifty-five percent said they would be most willing to die for their child, 12 percent said their spouse and 10 percent said their parents. Another 10 percent chose their religion and only five percent chose their country. It is certainly fitting and proper that most people would choose a family member, so it looks like the days of Patrick Henry ("give me liberty or give me death") and Nathan Hale ("I regret that I have but one life to give for my country") are history.

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