Fifty years ago today, the Woodstock Music Festival began at Yasgur’s farm near Bethel, New York.
A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 39% of adults believe that, in terms of U.S. history, the Woodstock Festival had both negative and positive elements. Thirty-four percent (34%) view it primarily as a positive event while 8% say negative.
Americans who are 65 today would have been 15 at the time of the Woodstock Festival. The views of those 65 and older are generally similar to the population at large. Forty-five percent (45%) see a mixed legacy, 31% a positive impact and 7% negative.
Overall, just 34% of Americans are following news about the 50th anniversary even somewhat closely. Just 10% are following it Very Closely.
There is somewhat less interest among senior citizens. Just 24% of those old enough to remember are following the 50th anniversary even somewhat closely. Only 3% are following it Very Closely.
Seventy-eight percent (78%) believe Woodstock played a significant role in the evolution of music festivals.
In the twenty-first century, 18% believe the Coachella Music Festival most closely resembles Woodstock while 14% say Lollapalooza. However, 14% say none can compare and 39% are not sure.
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The national survey of 1,075 Adults was conducted August 12-13, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.0 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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