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If you could travel back in time …

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An Economist/YouGov poll gave American voters a time machine and asked them what decade of the last century they would turn the dial to. Their response? “I like Ike!”

That’s right, the 1950s. The land of Pleasantville‘s big breakfasts and Peggy Sue Got Married proms.

But people were happy then, weren’t they? After suffering the deprivations of the Great Depression and World War II, is it any wonder that Americans realized life was good.

In general, respondents chose the decade of their youth, but they also seemed swayed by decades of prosperity.

“Republicans preferred the morally uncomplicated 1950s under Eisenhower and the 1980s of Reagan; Democrats tended to opt for Clinton’s 1990s,” The Economist says.

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