Len Klie

The National Cell Phone Ban, Part II

A national scientific poll by Poll Position found that 49 percent of Americans support a controversial proposal by the  National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) to ban all drivers from using cell phones and other personal electronic devices except in emergency situations. The NTSB-suggested ban would also apply to hands-free use of cell phones and PDAs.

As one might expect, the elderly most favor the suggested ban, with 60 percent voicing their support. Those between the ages of 30 and 44 were most opposed, at 50.2 percent. More women than men also support the proposal (51.6 percent compared to 46.9 percent).

Poll Position’s telephone survey of 1,133 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 15 and has a margin of error of ±3 percent. The polling organization is conducting a companion online poll and soliciting comments at pollposition.com/2011/12/19/ban-drivers-from-using-cellphone/.