June 12, 2012

Most Remember Where They Were When Nixon Resigned

71%

Forty years after the Watergate break-in, most Americans old enough to remember the era, remember where they were when Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974.

Forty years ago on June 17, five men were arrested trying to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate complex in Washington. The incident would spur investigations that ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon on Aug. 8, 1974.

Among those at least age eight at the time, 71% say they remember where they were when they first heard the news that Nixon had resigned.

The question was part of a series tied to memories of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the 10th anniversary of that day last fall. Virtually every adult (97%) remembers where they were or what they were doing the moment they heard the news about the attacks. Among eight other historic events tested, only one – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 – is a vivid memory for virtually all of those old enough to remember: 95% of those who would have been eight or older at that time say they can recall where they were or what they were doing when they heard that news. Read More