May 1, 2014
5/1: What’s in a Number?
It’s time to wish The Marist Poll’s fearless leader, Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, a happy birthday! What are Americans giving Dr. Miringoff this year? Their gift is another year of being middle-aged! Six in ten adults nationally — 60% — think Dr. Miringoff’s current age, 63 years old, is middle-aged. 27% consider it old, and 13% say it is young.
“I’m very gratified with these results,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Truth be told, when I wanted to reach 6 – 3, I was thinking height not age.”
The good news is Americans’ attitudes have changed little since last year. At that time, 59% thought Dr. Miringoff’s age, 62, was middle-aged. 28% said 62 was old, and an identical 13% believed it to be young.
Age matters. Younger Americans are nearly three times as likely than older residents to think 63 is old. 42% of those under 45 have this opinion. This compares with 15% of those 45 or older.
Dr. Lee M. Miringoff reacts to the findings of his latest birthday poll. Watch the video below.