Poll: 90 Percent Say Ban Texting in Cars

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Americans are not fans of texting while driving.

According to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Sunday, a whopping 90 percent of Americans think punching out text messages while behind the wheel should be outlawed, compared with just 8 percent who think it's okay.

An overwhelming majority opposed to texting in the car is seen across age groups as well, though younger Americans are slightly more tolerant of the practice. Even then, only 16 percent of respondents between 18 and 29 are in favor, with 83 percent opposed.

Shocking Stats on Texting While Driving

Ninety-four percent of Americans over the age of 45 think it should be illegal.

Opposition is steady among cell phone users and those with land lines, with 90 percent of both groups against the practice.

And men and women largely agree on the issue. Eighty-eight percent of men think it should be illegal, with 10 percent approving while 92 percent of women say it should be outlawed, with just 6 percent saying it's no problem.

This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1042 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone September 19-23, 2009. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3 percent.
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