Baby Boomers: “In a Collective Funk”

Posted June 28, 2008 at 11:30am

We saved this uplifting item for your weekend enjoyment:

This week, Pew analyzed a poll showing that baby boomers (43-62 years old) may be, as the pollsters write, the “gloomiest generation.” When respondents were asked to rate their quality of life on a scale from 1-10, boomers were the lowest, ranking their life, on average, 6.2. Younger adults ranked it 6.5 and older people chose, on average, 6.7.

And, boomers are more likely (55 percent) to say their income isn’t keeping up with the cost of living than those younger (42 percent) or older (43 percent believe that).

While you might suspect that the boomer gloom may be a funciton of aging, the author of the analysis, D’Vera Cohn, says that might not be the case: “When it comes to quality-of-life assessments, data suggest the boomers generally have been downbeat, compared with other age groups, for the past two decades — starting back when some were still in their twenties.”

The analysis is drawn from telephone survey data conducted January 24 – February 19.