Americans still adore Elvis 40 years after his death

It was 40 years ago Wednesday that Elvis Presley, “the aristocrat of stone ‘n’ roll,” died at his Graceland palace in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 42. And according to CBS News polling, Presley’s recognition is the strongest it’s ever been in a entertain of a century. 

Forty-seven percent of the race considers themselves to be fans of Presley. The infancy of Presley’s fans come from the Baby Boomer and Silent generations. Some would have been teenagers during the peak of the king’s career. Of those 65 and older, 55 percent contend they are fans. 

Presley’s smallest organisation of fans comes from the 18-34 age demographic. Just 43 percent of them contend they are fans while 54 percent contend they’re not. 


Republicans tend to be bigger fans of Presley than Democrats. Of those polled, 55 percent of Republicans contend they’re fans, while 46 percent of Democrats contend the same. 

Presley’s fan bottom has held comparatively solid by the years but has fluctuated from the mid-to-low forties. 


In 1992, when CBS first began polling about perceptions of the informative and low-pitched icon, 44 percent of people pronounced they were fans of Presley. That series dipped as low as 42 percent in 2002, but it rebounded, eventually sharpened up 5 commission points over the last decade. 

Conspiracy theorists who explain the aristocrat is still alive consecrate around a tenth of the U.S. population. Of those polled, 87 percent contend they trust Presley is not alive. 

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