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AP-National Constitution Center Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Aug. 11-16, 2010. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

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"As you may know, the Supreme Court will hear a case this year about whether a state can legally ban minors from buying violent video games. What do you think is more important to protect? The right of a state government to pass a law it feels will protect young people from potential harm caused by video games that may be too violent. OR, The rights of young people to be free to buy any kind of video game they want, without the government telling them what games they should or should not buy."

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Laws that
protect young
people
Freedom to
buy any kind
of video game
Unsure Refused  
% % % %  

8/11-16/10

64 34 2 1  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 14-16, 2007. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, television writers are currently on strike against the television studios. From what you have read or heard about this strike, whose side do you favor: the writers, or the studios?" Options rotated

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Writers Studios Both equally
(vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

12/14-16/07

60 14 1 8 16

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Nov. 13-14, 2007. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"About 12,000 entertainment and television script writers went on strike last week in attempt to get a bigger cut of the money from DVD sales and a portion of Internet sales. Who do you support in the strike: the script writers or the television networks?"

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Writers Networks Unsure    
% % %    

11/13-14/07

63 15 23    

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"How disappointed are you that the writers strike will mean that you won't get new episodes of the television shows you usually watch . . . ?"

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Very
disappointed
Somewhat
disappointed
Not very
disappointed
Not at all
disappointed
Don't watch
TV (vol.)/ Unsure
% % % % %

11/13-14/07

14 21 18 32 15

 

CBS News Poll. Sept. 14-16, 2007. N=706 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Which comes closest to your view about movies being made about the current Iraq War? Do you think it is appropriate for movies to be made about the Iraq war at this time, or is it too soon?"

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Appropriate Too soon Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

9/14-16/07

33 61 2 4  

 

Associated Press/AOL poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Aug. 24-27, 2007. N=1,204 adults nationwide. MoE 2.8.

 

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"Do you think television shows, in general, are getting better or getting worse?"

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Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

8/24-27/07

22 62 10 6
 

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"Thinking about the types of programs on television, do you think there is too much, not enough, or about the right amount of each of the following? . . ."

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Too Much Not Enough About Right Unsure  
% % % %  

Reality TV shows

   8/24-27/07

71 6 19 4  

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Talk shows

   8/24-27/07

49 9 39 3  

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Crime shows

   8/24-27/07

49 11 37 3  

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Game shows

   8/24-27/07

32 17 46 5  

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Sitcoms

   8/24-27/07

29 24 41 6  

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Sports

   8/24-27/07

27 19 51 3  

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Dramas

   8/24-27/07

19 28 50 3  

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News programs

   8/24-27/07

18 28 52 2  
 

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"About how many hours a week on average would you say that you watch television?"

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MEAN
(Hours)
MEDIAN
(Hours)

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8/24-27/07

17 12

9/6-8/05

15 10

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 28-30, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"As you may know, some movies in theaters this year deal with the events surrounding the September 11th terrorist attacks. How likely is it that you would go to see any of these movies: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

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Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not at All
Likely
Unsure
% % % % %

7/28-30/06

12 21 20 47 1

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"Do you think it is a good or bad thing for Hollywood to be making movies about the September 11th terrorist attacks?"

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Good Thing Bad Thing Unsure    
% % %  

7/28-30/06

45 44 11  

4/7-9/06

44 44 12  

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 18-19, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"There's a new movie coming out called 'United 93,' which is about the hijacked United Airlines flight that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11. Which one of the following best describes how you feel about movies being made about the September 11 attacks? Do you think it is appropriate and timely, it is appropriate but too soon, or it is inappropriate?"

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Appropriate,
Timely

Appropriate,
Too Soon

Inappropriate

Unsure

%

%

%

%

4/18-19/06 42 17 33 8

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"Do you think you would go and see a movie about September 11?"

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Yes

No

Unsure

%

%

%

4/18-19/06 38 58 4

 

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 13-15, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Thinking about the programs on television, do you think there is too much sex on television, or not?"

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Too Much Not
Too Much
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

12/13-15/05

66

31

3

   

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"Thinking about the programs on television, do you think there is too much violence on television, or not?"

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Too Much Not
Too Much
Unsure    

%

%

%

   

12/13-15/05

68

28

3

   

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 17-21, 2005. Adults nationwide.

   

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"How would you compare TV entertainment shows these days with TV entertainment five years ago? Would you say they are better or worse now?" If unsure: "But if you had to say they have gotten better or worse, which would you say?" Form 2 (N=750, MoE 4)

   

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Better Worse Same (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

3/17-21/05

24 66 6 4
   

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"Now thinking about your OWN feelings about the kinds of things you see on TV -- Does/Do [see below] on TV shows bother you, personally, a lot, some, not too much, or not at all?"

   

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A Lot Some Not Too
Much
Not At All Unsure
% % % % %
   

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"References to and depictions of illegal drug use" Form 1 (N=755, MoE 4)

  46 23 13 16 2
   

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"Reality programs where real people are made fun of or tricked" Form 2 (N=750, MoE 4)

  38 23 13 21 5
   

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"Homosexual characters and themes" Form 1 (N=755, MoE 4)

  33 21 18 27 1
   

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"Adult language" Form 2 (N=750, MoE 4)

  32 29 16 22 1
   

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"Sexual content" N=1,505, MoE 3

 

30 26 19 24 1
   

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"Violence" N=1,505, MoE 3

 

29 32 19 19 1
   

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"In presenting material that some view as objectionable or offensive, do you think the entertainment industry is within its constitutional rights of free speech or do you think the industry has gone beyond constitutional guarantees of free speech?" N=1,505, MoE 3

   

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Within Its
Rights
Beyond
Guarantees
Of
Free
Speech
Unsure
% % %

3/17-21/05

46 48 6
   

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"In your opinion, who is more responsible for the amount of sex and violence found in entertainment today? Are the producers of this kind of entertainment more to blame, or are the audiences who want this kind of entertainment more to blame?" N=1,505, MoE 3

   

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Producers Audiences Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

3/17-21/05

34 50 13 3
   

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"In your opinion, who is most responsible for children these days being exposed to printed or video materials depicting explicit sex or graphic violence? Is this more a result of inadequate parental supervision OR more a result of inadequate laws or law enforcement?" Form 1 (N=755, MoE 4)

   

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Inadequate
Supervision
Inadequate
Laws/
Enforce-
ment
Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %

3/17-21/05

79 13 7 1
   

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"What's the greater danger these days -- that the entertainment industry will produce material harmful to society, or that the government will impose undue restrictions on it in an effort to control what it produces?" N=1,505, MoE 3

   

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Harmful
Material
Undue
Restrictions
Neither (vol.) Both
Equally (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

3/17-21/05

41 48 2 3 6
   

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"I'd like your opinion about some ways that have been suggested for dealing with concerns about indecency in the media. Do you favor or oppose [see below]?" N=1,505, MoE 3

   

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Favor Oppose Unsure    
% % %    
   

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"Stricter government enforcement of indecency rules during hours when children are more likely to be watching television"

 

75 23 2    
   

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"Increasing government fines on broadcasters that violate current rules on indecency"

 

69 27 4    
   

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"The industry changing to a single rating system for television, movies, video games, and music lyrics"

 

61 31 8    
   

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"Making cable television follow the same rules on indecency as broadcast television"

 

60 37 3    
   

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"Public boycotts of networks or studios that produce objectionable material"

 

58 36 6    

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 8-9, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3 (for all registered voters).

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"In general, do you think Hollywood moviemakers share your values or not?"

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Share

Do Not
Share

Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
% % % %  
ALL 13 70 10 7  
  Democrats 19 56 14 11  
  Republicans 6 86 5 3  
  Independents 9 70 13 8  

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"Do you think Hollywood is in touch with the life of the average American or is Hollywood out of touch with most Americans?"

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In Touch

Out of
Touch

Unsure    
% % %    
ALL 19 72 9    
  Democrats 27 61 12    
  Republicans 9 85 5    
  Independents 16 73 10    

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Nov. 18-21, 2004. N=885 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"How worried are you that popular culture -- that is television, movies, and music -- is lowering the moral standards in this country: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried, or not at all worried?"

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Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not At All
Worried
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

ALL

40

30

17

12

1

  Republicans

43

32

14

11

0

  Democrats

38

32

18

11

1

  Independents

39

27

20

14

0

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"What kind of impact would you say Hollywood is having on popular culture? Is Hollywood lowering the moral standards, raising the moral standards, or not having much impact on the moral standards of popular culture?"

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Lowering Raising Not Much
Impact
Unsure

%

%

%

%

ALL

62

6

29

3

  Republicans

70

3

23

4

  Democrats

57

6

35

2

  Independents

61

7

28

4

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"Do you think popular entertainment media -- such as movies, television, and books -- include too many gay themes and characters these days, not enough, or about the right amount?"

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Too Many Not
Enough
About
Right
Unsure

%

%

%

%

ALL

42

6

44

8

  Republicans

54

1

39

6

  Democrats

35

7

51

7

  Independents

38

11

42

9


 

Chicago Tribune Poll conducted by Market Shares Corp. June 23-27, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Should the government impose restrictions on information and content that appears on the Internet or should the government not impose restrictions?"

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Should
Restrict

Should Not
Restrict

Don't
Know
   
% % %    
ALL 52 38 10    
  Republicans 59 35 6    
  Independents 48 42 11    
  Democrats 51 37 13    

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"Should government restrict violence and sexual content that appears on cable TV, or should government not impose restrictions?"

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Should
Restrict

Should Not
Restrict

Don't
Know
   
% % %    
ALL 55 40 6    
  Republicans 59 38 3    
  Independents 52 42 6    
  Democrats 53 41 5    

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"How about radio personalities who use implicit or explicit sexual expressions on the air? Should they be allowed to be on the air, or should they not be allowed?"

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Should
Be Allowed

Should Not
Be Allowed

Don't
Know
   
% % %    
ALL 30 64 5    
  Republicans 22 74 4    
  Independents 34 62 4    
  Democrats 35 60 4    

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"Recently, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, began fining radio station owners hundreds of thousands of dollars for broadcasts they considered indecent. This led to the cancellation of some shows. Do you approve or disapprove of the FCC's actions?"

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Approve

Disapprove

Don't
Know
   
% % %    
ALL 58 33 9    
  Republicans 69 26 5    
  Independents 57 32 11    
  Democrats 51 39 11    

 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 6-8, 2004. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In your view, does the entertainment industry need to make a serious effort to significantly reduce the amount of sex and violence in its movies, television shows and music, or don't you think they need to do this?"

Need To Don't
Need To
No
Opinion
% % %
2/04 75 24 1
6/95 83 16 1

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"In general, would you say you, personally, are offended or not offended by [see below] you see/hear on television?"

Offended Not
Offended
No
Opinion
% % %
Profanity or swear words 58 41 1
Violence 61 37 2
Sexual content 58 41 1
Homosexuality 52 46 2

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"Thinking about the Super Bowl half-time show in which Justin Timberlake removed part of Janet Jackson's clothing: Did you happen to see this incident live on TV when it happened during half-time of the Super Bowl, or not?" If "Yes": "Were you, personally, offended by the incident, or not?"

%

Saw live -- Offended

21

Saw live -- Not offended

26

Did not see live

53

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"Do you think CBS, the network televising the Super Bowl, should or should not be fined or penalized in some way for broadcasting the incident?"

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
2/04 33 64 3

 

Time/CNN Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. Feb. 5-6, 2004. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1 (total sample).

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"On another topic, there has been controversy over Janet Jackson's exposure of her breast during halftime entertainment at the Super Bowl. Which of these positions comes closer to your view regarding Janet Jackson's exposure? Television has reached a new low in bad taste. People who are protesting this incident are overreacting."

New
Low
Over-
reacting
Not
Sure
% % %
ALL 47 48 5
18-34 years 29 66 5
35-49 49 46 5
50-64 58 40 2
65 & older 67 28 5

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Sept. 10-14, 1999. N=839 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 4.

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"Now we would like to ask you some questions about programs seen on the major television networks, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, WB and UPN. When watching shows on these networks, which of the following bothers you the most: [random order] violence, sexual situations or lewd and profane language?"
%
Violence 44
Sexual situations 22
Language 23
Don't watch TV (vol.) 7
No opinion 4

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Asked of people who watch TV (N=807, MoE +/- 4):
"When watching series or made-for-TV movies on these networks, have you ever been shocked by something you saw, or not?"
%
Yes 52
No 45
No opinion 3

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"Are you aware of a device called v-chips installed in some television sets, that allow you to block objectionable material from being viewed, or have you not heard of that?"
%
Yes 74
No 25
No opinion 1

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Asked of people who are aware of the v-chip (N=641, MoE +/- 4):
"Do you use such a v-chip in any television in your household?"
%
Yes 4
No 96

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. July 16-18, 1999. N=1,031 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"We'd like to know how you would feel about certain types of content in movies. If you happened to go to a movie and it included [see below], how offensive, if at all, would you find that: extremely offensive, very offensive, only somewhat offensive, not too offensive, or not offensive at all?"
Extremely Very Only
Somewhat
Not
Too
Not
At All
% % % % %
negative racial stereotypes
31 31 22 8 7

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graphic violence
27 27 25 9 12

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frequent profanity, meaning swear language
24 25 27 11 13

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sexual activity
24 21 25 13 16

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negative gender stereotypes
20 27 29 9 11

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nudity 19 19 26 14 22

 

Associated Press Poll conducted by ICR. June 25-29, 1999. N=1,005 adults nationwide.

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"Theater owners recently announced they will check IDs to keep teens under 17 from seeing R-rated movies, which contain violent or sexual content. Do you think that step will be very effective, fairly effective, not very effective, or not effective at all?"
%
Very effective 19
Fairly effective 33
Not very effective 26
Not effective at all 19
Not sure 3

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"Which one of the following do you think is the biggest problem with movies today:  too much sex, too much violence, tickets cost too much, or movies aren't as good as they used to be?"
%
Too much violence 32
Tickets cost too much 30
Not as good as used to be 17
Too much sex 13
None of the above 4

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 16-19, 1999. N=2,011 adults nationwide.

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"Let me read you two positions on violence in the media. Between these positions, which do you tend to side with more? Position A: Government should pass laws to limit violence in movies, television, and video games. Position B: Government should not decide the content of movies, television, or video games."
%
A. Should limit violence 50
B. Should not decide the content 46
Not sure 4

 

The Harris Poll. June 10-15, 1999. N=1,006 adults nationwide.

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"Our society is often described as being more inclined toward violence than some others. Do you think that [see below] contribute(s) a lot, contribute(s) a little, or don't/doesn't contribute at all to this violence?"
A Lot
1999 1994
% %
Lack of adult supervision of children 90 89
Easy availability of handguns 65 70
Television 58 61
Movies 57 60
Video games 47 38
Local TV news reports 39 35

 

"Dateline NBC" Question of the Week Poll conducted by Blum & Weprin Associates. June 15, 1999. N=505 adults nationwide.

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"To keep underage kids from seeing R-rated movies, theatre owners are being asked to more carefully check IDs. Do you think most theatres will comply with this request, or don't you think so?"
%
Most will comply 41
Don't think so 52
Not sure/Refused 7

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"If theatres do check more carefully, do you think this will have any impact on teen violence, or don't you think so?"
%
Will have an impact 38
Don't think so 55
Not sure/Refused 7

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. June 9-10, 1999. N=1,031 adults nationwide.

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"How responsible do you think each of the following are for the current amount of violence among America's teens: very responsible, somewhat responsible, not very responsible, or not responsible at all?
Very Some-
what
Not
Very
Not
At All
Not
Sure
% % % % %
"Information on buying guns and making bombs on the Internet"
56 23 10 9 2

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"Availability of guns"
49 23 13 13 2

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"The depiction of violence in the movies"
41 36 11 10 1

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"The depiction of violence on the Internet"
40 34 11 10 5

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"The depiction of violence in video games"
39 35 12 11 3

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"Violent lyrics in music"
36 35 15 13 1

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"Do you feel that violence in entertainment makes teens act more violently, or don't you think so?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% % % %
Does make them 67 68 65 68
Don't think so 29 29 29 30
Not sure 4 4 6 2

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"As you may know, legislation is being proposed in Congress that would restrict access that teenagers have to video games, movies and other entertainment containing violent and sexually explicit material. Do you think this type of legislation is necessary, or don't you think so?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% % % %
Is necessary 64 65 62 66
Don't think so 34 34 36 31
Not sure 2 1 2 3

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"As you may have also heard, President Clinton is calling for a federal investigation into the marketing of violent films, video games, and music. Do you personally favor or oppose this investigation into the marketing of violent films, video games, and music?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% % % %
Favor 67 66 61 72
Oppose 31 32 37 25
Not sure 2 2 2 3

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"Which do you favor more? Passing laws which ban teens' access to the depiction of certain kinds of violence in movies, video games, and other entertainment. Relying on the entertainment industry to reduce the amount of violence in movies, video games, and other entertainment. Leaving it to parents to supervise what types of entertainment their children have access to."
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% % % %
Pass laws 25 26 26 22
Rely on industry 19 19 18 21
Leave it to parents 54 53 54 56
Not sure 2 2 2 1

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Assoc. May 12-16, 1999. N=1,179 adults nationwide.

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"Do you think that TV news is too full of violence, or not?"
5/99 2/93
% %
Too full 63 52
Not too full 33 44
Don't know 4 4

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"How do you feel about the amount of violence portrayed on television programs today, not including news programs? Do you think there is too much violence, a reasonable amount, or very little violence?"
5/99 1/97 2/93
% % %
Too much 70 75 72
A reasonable amount 25 21 25
Very little 3 2 2
Don't know 2 2 1

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"How concerned are you personally about what children see or hear [see below]: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned?"
Very Some-
what
Not
Too
Not
At All
Don't
Know
% % % % %
On TV 64 25 7 3 1
On the Internet 64 18 5 4 9
In movies 60 27 7 3 3
On video games 57 24 8 6 5

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"Still thinking about what children see or hear, which one of these are you most concerned about: TV, the Internet, movies, or video games?"
%
TV 39
The Internet 36
Video games 14
Movies 7
Don't know 4

 


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