President Dwight D. Eisenhower waves to the crowd during his Inauguration parade January 20, 1953 in Washington D.C. / NATIONAL ARCHIVE / NEWSMAKERS
(CBSNews.com) - It may not come as a huge surprise that if they could choose any time to go back to, most Americans would choose the decade of their youth.
In a recent Economist/YouGov poll, voters were asked which 20th century decade they would choose to return to, and most said the decade in which they spent their 20s.
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More than half of those 65 and older said they wanted to revisit the 50's and 60's, while 45- to 64-year-olds leaned more toward the 80's. Overall, the 1950s came in first.
It was the decade that introduced suburbia to American life. More importantly, it was the decade of racial integration in schools.
Most women stayed at home; while the men worked. It was also the decade where space travel became a reality.
The 1960s came in a close second place. Of note: the two decades preceding both World Wars, the 1910s and the 1930s, were the most unpopular to go back to.
There was also a divide depending on political beliefs.
Republicans preferred the 1950s of President Eisenhower and the 1980s of Reagan while Democrats tended to go for the 1990s of Bill Clinton.