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Eager to save on auto insurance, public backs texting ban

Posted On Mon, September 28, 2009

Industry heavyweights that represent automobile manufacturers and electronic device companies have come out in favor a proposed ban on texting while driving, but some of the strongest support of all seems to be coming from members of the public themselves.

This week, a New York Times/CBS News poll found some of the strongest measures of support yet for such a ban, with 90 percent of those in favor, and only 8 percent opposing the idea.

The newspaper noted that every demographic group strongly supports a texting while driving ban, but the support is especially vehement among parents and women. The Times also noted that 16 percent of people under age 30 said that texting should be legal while driving.

The numbers are similar to a separate poll from Harris, released earlier in September, which found 80 percent support a ban on texting while driving, and that 60 percent support a ban on using a cell phone behind the wheel.

Ford Motors, which has also gone on record as supporting a texting ban, released an online survey that it commissioned, finding 93 percent support for a ban on texting.

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