March 29, 2001 - Ban Hand-Held Cell Phones In Cars, New York Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Same Results From Connecticut And New Jersey
By a huge 87 - 10 percent margin, New York State voters support a ban on using hand- held cell phones while driving, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Even cell phone owners support the ban 85 - 13 percent.

In recent polls by the independent Quinnipiac University, New Jersey voters supported a ban on hand-held cell phones while driving 86 - 12 percent, and Connecticut voters supported a ban 85 - 14 percent.

"Keep both hands on the wheel, New York voters tell New York drivers. The Quinnipiac University poll finds overwhelming support for banning drivers from using hand-held cell phones," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New York voters join voters in Connecticut and New Jersey in the chorus: Shut up and drive."

While 52 percent of New York voters own a cell phone, only 13 percent of cell phone owners say they use it while driving "very often," while 21 percent say they do it "sometimes;" 31 percent say they do it "rarely," and 35 percent say "never."

A ban on using hand-held cell phones while driving would increase highway safety "a great deal," 44 percent of voters say, while 41 percent say it would increase safety "some."

Enforcing such a ban would be "very easy," 8 percent of voters say, while 19 percent say it would be "somewhat easy;" 45 percent say it would be "somewhat difficult," and 25 percent say it would be "very difficult."

From March 20 - 26, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,353 New York State registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

15. Do you own a cell phone?

                                           Age............           
                   Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   18-34 35-54 55+   Men   Wom


Yes 52% 48% 48% 63% 57% 61% 40% 58% 47

No 48 52 51 37 43 39 60 42 52

DK/NA - - - - - - - - -

16. (If own cell phone Q15) How often do you use a cell phone while driving a car? Very often, sometimes, rarely, or never?

                   Cell phone owners Q15..............................
                                           Age.............            
                   Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   18-34 35-54 55+   Men   Wom 


Very often 13% 17% 10% 10% 22% 10% 9% 16% 10%

Sometimes 21 22 21 20 25 25 10 25 18

Rarely 31 35 25 31 28 30 35 31 31

Never 35 26 42 38 24 34 46 28 41

DK/NA - - 1 - 1 1 - 1 -



17. There is a proposal in the state legislature to prohibit the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. Drivers who wanted to use a cell phone would have to use equipment which would allow for hands-free operation of the cell phone.

Do you think it is a good or a bad idea to make it illegal to use hand-held cell phones while driving?

                                           Age.............              Cell
                   Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   18-34 35-54 55+   Men   Wom   Owners


Good idea 87% 84% 92% 86% 85% 88% 88% 84% 90% 85%

Bad idea 10 13 6 11 13 10 8 13 8 13

DK/NA 3 3 2 3 2 2 4 3 2 2

18. How much do you think prohibiting the use of hand held cell phones while driving would do to make the roads and highways in New York safer - A great deal, some, not much, or nothing at all?

                                           Age.............              Cell
                   Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   18-34 35-54 55+   Men   Wom   Owners


Great deal 44% 40% 51% 43% 34% 45% 48% 37% 49% 37%

Some 41 45 35 43 48 42 38 43 40 45

Not much 10 9 10 10 13 9 9 13 7 12

Nothing at all 3 4 3 3 5 3 3 5 2 5

DK/NA 2 2 1 1 - 1 3 2 1 1



19. How easy or difficult do you think it would be to enforce a law prohibiting the use of hand held cell phones while driving - Very easy, somewhat easy, somewhat difficult, or very difficult?

                                           Age.............              Cell
                   Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   18-34 35-54 55+   Men   Wom   Owners


Very easy 8% 7% 9% 11% 8% 9% 8% 9% 8% 8%

Smwht easy 19 16 21 23 18 21 18 19 20 19

Smwht difficult 45 44 47 45 45 45 46 43 47 46

Very difficult 25 31 21 19 28 23 24 27 23 27

DK/NA 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 2 2 1

20. (If use cell while driving Q16) When using your cell phone in your car, do you use equipment which allows for hands-free operation of the cell phone?

                   Use cell phone while driving Q16...................
                                           Age.............            
                   Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   18-34 35-54 55+   Men   Wom 


Yes 33% 29% 38% 35% 40% 33% 25% 39% 26%

No 64 70 59 61 59 65 70 58 72

DK/NA 3 1 3 4 2 2 5 3 3