5/3: Is Age Really Just a Number?

The annual tradition continues!  Every year at The Marist Poll, the Institute asks Americans whether or not Dr. Lee M. Miringoff’s age is young, middle-aged, or old.  This year, age 62 is on the block.  So, what do Americans think?  Nearly six in ten — 59% — think 62 is middle-aged.  28% believe the age is old while 13% say it’s young.

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Have the tides turned for Dr. Miringoff?  Well, there’s good news and bad news.  First, the good news.  There has been only a slight decline in the proportion of Americans who believe Miringoff’s age is middle-aged.  Last year, 63% described 61 was middle-aged.  As for the bad news, there has been an increase in the proportion of adults nationally who think Miringoff’s age is old.  Last year, 22% said Miringoff’s, then, age of 61 was old.  15% of residents, at that time, reported age 61 was young.

Like last year, a lot depends on the age of Americans themselves.  Among residents 45 and older, 64% think 62 is middle-aged.  19% believe it is young, and 17% say it is old.  Looking at those under 45 years old.  Half — 50% — report 62 is middle-aged.  45% consider the age to be old while only 5% say 62 years of age is young.

Table: How Old is 62?

 How the Survey was Conducted

Nature of the Sample