The New York Times has a snippet from Ben Schott, author of Schott’s Almanac and collector of miscellaneous pieces of information, in which he provides some benchmarks that allow us to compare the present with the past. It is titled “The Way We Were, 1968.”

In it he provides some results from opinion polls from 1968 (for example, 72% “agreed that Richard Nixon was a man of ‘high integrity'” and 53% of non-blacks “agreed that there should be laws against marriages between Negroes and whites”). Also included are results on questions regarding “social alienation,” “Whites views of Negroes,” Richard Nixon, Vietnam, and both “Beliefs” and the “Most Important Problems” (for which they provide contrasting 2008 results).

It also includes results regarding parents 1968 attitudes about teenagers, including resulst on issues such as whether or not they would forbid their teenager from going steady (11%), allowing their boys to have long hair (50%), and smoking marijuana (85%).

Such results provide opportunities to consider the impacts that age cohorts have and might make for interesting discussion points about how times change and what the impacts of such changes might have for socialization.

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The Way We Were, 1968

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