Tuesday, October 18, 2011
For most Americans, the best years of their lives happen before they turn 40.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of American Adults rate the time from their birth until age 39 as their best years. For 15%, it's their childhood up until they turn 18, while 24% feel 18 to 29 are the best years of their lives. Twenty percent (20%) rate their 30s as the best.
Fourteen percent (14%) say their 40s are the best time, and 12% more think ages 50 to 64 are their peak years. Just six percent (6%) see the retirement years, age 65 and older, as the best years of their lives. (To see survey question wording, click here).
Conversely, 49% of Americans think their worst years are when they're age 40 and older. Nearly one-out-of-three (31%) reserve that designation for ages 65 and older. Only 10% rate their childhood years as the worst, while 13% and 11% respectively say that of their 20s and 30s. But 17% aren't sure which years are the worst of their lives.
The findings for both questions are generally similar with the first time Rasmussen Reports asked them this time last year.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 15-16, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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