We found an interesting study on the AARP website looking at the attitudes of boomers back when we were young and idealistic and again in 2002. A lot has changed, a lot hasn't. You can read the report in its entirety on the AARP site
Tracing Baby Boomer Attitudes Then and Now: A Comparative Look at the Attitudes of Baby Boomers in the 1970s and 2002 --
Introduction and Highlights
In the early to mid-seventies, as the leading edge of the baby boom generation (those born between 1946 and 1952) was coming of age, America was undergoing a period of dynamic change. The Vietnam War had been raging for a number of years, the struggles for civil rights and women's rights were at their peak, and conventional values regarding everything from religion to sex were being questioned as never before. The leading voices in all these debates were young people-the baby boomers insisting that they be heard. And America was listening.
Since then, these same baby boomers have not only come of age, they are now beginning to show their age. Some of them are in their early 50s today, and many boomers have assumed leadership roles throughout society. Many have become parents, themselves, and some are already grandparents. In many ways, their booming voices still dominate public debate in communities and in the media. Some might say that boomers are tenaciously clinging to the mantle of leadership they have worn since the seventies. But, until new voices emerge to replace theirs, boomers are still a force to be heard.
In light of the challenges facing our nation since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, we have examined attitudes, beliefs and perspectives of leading edge baby boomers to see how they and their perceptions may have changed, or not, over the past 30 years. To do that, we gathered attitudinal surveys conducted in the early to mid 1970s, when these leading edge baby boomers were in their 20s. We then asked the same questions of this same group today, now that they are in their 50s. In some cases, the 30-year time span has meant huge changes in attitudes; in others, it seems as if hardly any time has passed.
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