At least, that’s what we found when NGC and Kelton surveyed Americans’ affection for the 80s, as featured on the front page of USA TODAY this morning.
Despite its reputation for bad hair and loud clothing, just about everything about the era — from the politics, leaders and safety to the music, TV shows and blockbuster movies — are seen as being better than they are today. In fact, 3 in 4 Americans (74%) thought that our country was better off then and even safer (76%). The same amount (76%) believe that government ran better in the 1980s than it does today. And if a presidential election were held today, 58 percent would vote for Ronald Reagan over Barack Obama. Americans ages 18 to 34 were evenly split, with 51 percent favoring Reagan and 49 percent Obama.
At least 4 in 10 Americans believe that movies (42%), TV shows (52%) and music (71%) were better in the ’80s than they are now. And nearly two-thirds (65%) of adults 18 to 34 and a whopping 88 percent of recent college grads who responded to the survey and didn’t live through the ’80s said that they wished they had been around for the tubular times!