Above is a poll shown on the CBS Sunday Morning TV Show 3-29-15. A question that has been asked before, or in different ways, such as ‘What Is Your Favorite Decade?’.
THE ‘WINNER’ WAS ACTUALLY THE ’50s and ’60s when discounting roughly 50% of the 1990s and 1980s voters who were not even alive in the 1950s and 1960s though some of those actually voted for the earlier eras…. See orange copy below
The 60’s – one long Saturday afternoon during which there was real hope in the world.
– Yes, the 1960s, my favorite decade in the twentieth century, was the decade of my adolescence. But my preference for it, almost forty years later, has little to do with my personal feelings about it. In fact, I believe, quite strongly, that the 1960s was my favorite decade, in large measure, because it was the most important decade of the twentieth century in American history (with the possible exception of the period between 1914 and 1945). – Thor
-Having grown up in the 1950s and 1960s it seems like everything changed after President Kennedy was assassinated – the good times and ‘happy days’ faded as an angrier tone took over – in the media, the music, the movies, and things have never really changed since. Still hoping one day we’ll see some return to a more civil, peaceful, harmonious time. But, I guess we can still call some of our own shots and live accordingly. -BK
Two problems arise when trying to get accurate results from such a poll as CBS has run -without noting this for accuracy:
1) Most people tend to remember the more recent decades and younger folks, if allowed or who snuck in the poll, know little about the 1950s or 1960s except by what they’ve been told by a sometimes biased media.
2) Polls don’t necessarily account for key variables, such as that a person should really have had to live during all decades to accurately answer the question.
So, as a result of these often unaccounted variables, you will normally see results slanted favorably toward more recent times, as we see above.
Nonetheless, it’s intersting to see that the longest ago decade, the 1950s, polls higher than the more recent 1960s and 1970s.
People gave the 1950s higher ratings for the relative peace during the period and the advent of the new rock and roll music. The 1980s and 1990s were favored for generally good economic times. The 1960s and 1970s weren’t without their positive callings, too, including the prosperous, ‘happy days’ of the early 60s Kennedy Era.