Poll shows that white male geezers love the ’50s more than any other 20th century decade
Kevin Drum COMMENTS on a recent poll that asked Americans which decade of the 20th century they would most like to return to:
The most popular choice of seniors by far was the 1950s. In fact, if you discount the ’20s, which probably just seems like an interesting, faraway decade, the most popular choice of nearly every age group is a decade of their youth. Millennials like the ’90s, when they were growing up. My generation likes the ’80s, when we were just out of college. Only the thirtysomethings seem not to care, showing no particular preference for any decade between the ’50s and ’90s.
But it’s the nostalgia of seniors for the ’50s that intrigues me the most. I’d love to see a demographic breakdown of that. I assume that nonwhites aren’t pining away for that era, which means that white seniors must really be in love with it to produce such a high overall number. Likewise, I’d guess that women might not be too thrilled with it. If that’s true, it means that white male seniors must be nostalgic for the ’50s in fantastic numbers.