As the first step of an effort to learn how Americans born between 1946 and 1964 see themselves at the midpoint of their lives, AARP commissioned Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) in 2002 to explore what the baby boomers had to say about their lives, their hopes and their expectations for the future. In Spring 2003, AARP and PSRAI conducted a second survey to track how boomers are feeling a year later.
This 2003 nationwide, representative telephone survey of 3,500 adults age 18 and older was conducted from April 3 through June 8, 2003 and largely replicated its predecessor with questions re-examining the seven broad life areas addressed in 2002: relationships with family and friends, personal finances, religious or spiritual life, work or career, physical health, mental health and leisure activities. Interviewees included 2,016 boomers age 39 to 57, 736 younger Americans age 18 to 38, and 748 older Americans age 58 and older. For further information, please, contact Linda Fisher, Ph.D., of AARP Knowledge Management at 202/434-6304.
- Executive Summary (PDF, 10 pages)
- Full Report (PDF, 96 pages)
- Appendix A: Detailed Methodology and Statistical Methods (PDF, 7 pages)
- Appendix B: Questionnaire with Response Totals (PDF, 28 pages)