Surveys showing strong support for texting ban

A new online survey commissioned by Ford Motors illustrates how strong public support for a nationwide ban on texting while driving has become.

A new online survey commissioned by Ford Motors illustrates how strong public support for a nationwide ban on texting while driving has become.

According to the auto manufacturer, which itself has gone on record as supporting a ban, 86 percent of drivers call texting behind the wheel "very dangerous" and 93 percent support a nationwide ban.

Despite that strong support level, only 42 percent said they believe that people would actually stop texting behind the wheel if such a ban was passed. At least 18 states have already banned the practice.

More recent, 90 percent said in a New York Times/CBS News poll that texting should be banned, compared to only 8 percent who opposed the idea. The Times said that the strongest support for the ban came from parents and from women, although the idea received very strong backing even in the under-30 age group.

These results are also consistent with a recent Harris Poll which found 80 percent support for a texting ban, as well as 60 percent in favor of a ban on using a cell phone while driving.

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Posted: September 28, 2009

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