Lose license for texting while driving?

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Lose license for texting while driving?

There are some states with laws against texting while driving but what about punishment if you are caught?  In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, do you believe people who police catch texting while driving should lose their driver’s license for a period of time? The answers for 50% of Americans is yes, 38% said you should not lose your license for a period of time, 12% did not have an opinion.

Age groups differed by a large margin on the question. Young Americans in the 18-29 year old age group were not in favor of license loss with 52% against that kind of punishment, 39% were in favor, 10% offered no opinion. In the 65 and over group, 67% said you should lose your license for a period of time for texting while driving, 17% said you should not, 16% did not have an opinion.

Men and women also differed with 53% of women saying you should lose your license versus 47% of men answering feeling that way. Among women, 32% said you should not lose your license, 15% had no opinion. Men countered with 44% saying you should not lose your license for texting while driving, 9% did not have an opinion.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,094 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 03, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.

Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position Crosstabs-Texting and driving

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