MARCH 26, 2009 - Pennsylvania Voters Back Car Cell Phone Ban 6-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Say Ban Will Make Roads Safer

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Pennsylvania voters support 85 - 13 percent a proposal to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Even cell phone owners, 79 percent of all voters, support the proposed ban 85 - 13 percent.

Support for the cell phone ban tops 80 percent among all political groups and among men and women, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

By a larger 87 - 12 percent margin, voters support a proposal to require younger drivers with junior licenses or learner's permits to use hands-free cell phones while driving.

And by an 89 - 10 percent margin, voters would outlaw text messaging while driving.

Banning hand-held cell phones while driving would make Pennsylvania roads and highways "a great deal safer," 50 percent of voters say, as 37 percent say the ban would make roads and highways "somewhat safer."

"It's hard to understand why the State Legislature hasn't banned hand-held cell phone use by Pennsylvania drivers when nearly every voter in the state favors the ban," said Clay F. Richards, deputy director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Seldom is the voice of the public so united on an issue. Half of all voters say banning the use of cell phones would make driving on Pennsylvania's highways a great deal safer."

From March 19 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,056 Pennsylvania voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.


24. Do you currently own a cell phone?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  79%    84%    73%    82%    78%    80%
No                   21     16     27     18     22     20
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Yes                  81%    71%    84%    83%    71%    75%    81%
No                   19     29     16     17     29     25     19
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1      -
 
 
25. (If own cellphone q24) How often do you use a cell phone while driving a car - very often, sometimes, rarely, or never?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very often           12%     9%    13%    16%    16%     8%
Sometimes            22     30     15     23     27     18
Rarely               37     40     38     34     35     39
Never                28     20     33     27     21     34
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      -      1
 
26. 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 hand-held cell phones while driving. Do you support or oppose making it illegal to use hand-held cell phones while driving?
                                                               Cellphone
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Owners
 
Support              85%    82%    89%    84%    82%    89%    85%
Oppose               13     16      9     14     15     10     13
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      3      1      2
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              86%    98%    80%    86%    82%    82%    84%
Oppose               11      2     17     12     15     13     15
DK/NA                 2      -      3      2      2      4      2
 
 
27. Would you support or oppose making it illegal for younger people with junior licenses or learner's permits to use hand-held cell phones while driving?
                                                               Cellphone
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Owners
 
Support              87%    85%    87%    89%    87%    87%    87%
Oppose               12     13     13     10     11     13     12
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              87%    87%    89%    93%    84%    76%    87%
Oppose               12     13      8      7     13     24     13
DK/NA                 1      -      3      -      3      -      -
28. Would you support or oppose a bill banning text messaging while driving?
                                                               Cellphone
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Owners
 
Support              89%    88%    88%    91%    89%    89%    90%
Oppose               10     10     11      7      9     10      9
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
Support              92%    87%    86%    93%    85%    86%    90%
Oppose                8     12     11      6     14     13      9
DK/NA                 -      1      3      1      1      1      1
 
 
29. How much do you think prohibiting the use of hand-held cell phones while driving would do to make the roads and highways in Pennsylvania safer - a great deal, some, not much, or nothing at all?
                                                               Cellphone
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Owners
 
A great deal         50%    43%    59%    46%    44%    56%    48%
Some                 37     42     32     40     41     33     39
Not much              7     10      7      8     10      5      9
Nothing at all        4      5      3      5      4      4      4
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      1      1
 
                     Alghny Philly NthEst SthEst NthWst SthWst Cntrl
 
A great deal         53%    72%    41%    45%    41%    56%    49%
Some                 37     23     47     39     42     34     37
Not much              7      3      4     10      7      5     11
Nothing at all        1      3      7      6      9      4      2
DK/NA                 2      -      1      -      2      1      1