Interest.com 2013 Inheritance Survey Results

Our survey was conducted Aug. 1-4 by Princeton Research Associates International, a major independent polling firm based in Princeton, N.J.

Princeton Research obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,005 adults living in the continental United States. Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (501) and cellphone (504, including 239 without a landline phone).

Interviews were done in English, and statistical results are weighted to correct for known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ± 3.7 percentage points.

Here are the critical questions, and responses, from the survey:

Do you expect to receive an inheritance from your parents or other family members after they die, or not? This includes money, property, and any valuable possessions. (Responses for ages 18 to 59.)

Just your best guess, what is the total value of the inheritance you expect to receive? (Responses for ages 18 to 59 who expect to receive an inheritance.)

When you receive your inheritance, how do you expect to use it? Will you use the largest share of it… (Responses for ages 18 to 59 who expect to receive an inheritance.)

Do you personally expect to leave an inheritance to any family members when you die? This includes money, property, or valuable possessions. (Responses for ages 60 and over)

Just your best guess, what is the total value of the inheritance you expect to leave to family members? (Responses for ages 60 and over who expect to leave an inheritance.)