Was previous decade worst ever? What’s your evaluation of the ’00s?


9 11 attacks World Trade Center
t’s February 1, 2010, which means we have left the decade of the 2000s behind with a one-month safety margin.

Was it a good or bad decade? Are you glad it’s over, or are you feeling nostalgia already?

Many Americans are glad it’s over, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in December 2009.

Twice as many Americans said they had a generally negative view (50%) of the so-called “Noughties,” compared with only 27% who had a generally positive opinion of the decade.

Each of the four decades prior to the 2000s looks better. Americans report more positive than negative feelings for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

When you think back, what events shaped your opinion of the 2000s? Global warming? 9/11? Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Hurricane Katrina?

The election of George W. Bush? The election of Barack Obama?

This week we’ll discuss some key results from this survey of attitudes about the past decade. Before I divulge too many findings, take a moment and reflect on your own experience?

Do you have a generally positive or negative view of the Noughties? Why? What shaped your views?


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