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Lose License If Caught Texting While Driving: Poll

1/06/2012 12:55:51 PM Eastern

Atlanta - A majority of Americans said people who are caught
texting while driving should lose their driver's license for a period of time.

The new year ushered in new laws in some states banning
texting while driving, and according to a Poll Position national scientific
telephone survey found that the majority of Americans (50 percent) said people
who are caught texting while driving should lose their driver's license for a
period of time, 38 percent said you should not lose your license for a period
of time and 12 percent did not have an opinion.

Age groups differed by a large margin on the question. Young
Americans in the 18-29 age group were not in favor of license loss with 52
percent against that kind of punishment, 39 percent were in favor and 10
percent offered no opinion.

In the 65 and over age group, 67 percent said you should
lose your license for a period of time for texting while driving, 17 percent
said you should not, 16 percent did not have an opinion.

Men and women also differed with 53 percent of women versus
47 percent of men said you should lose your license for texting while driving.
Among women, 32 percent said you should not lose your license, 15 percent had
no opinion. Among men, 44 percent said you should not lose your license for
texting while driving and 9 percent did not have an opinion.

See a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender,
and political affiliation in crosstabs for this poll at http://media.pollposition.com.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/Poll-Position-Crosstabs-Texting-and-driving.pdf.

Poll Position's scientific telephone survey of 1,094
registered voters nationwide was conducted January 03, 2012 and has a margin of
error of ±3 percent. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling
of all American adults.