SurveyUSA: Red & Blue States Differ On Black & Blue Bottoms

VERONA, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 2005--Red States and Blue States differ on the right way to discipline a child, according to the results of 50 separate but concurrent statewide public opinion polls conducted by SurveyUSA for its media clients across the country.

Question: "Do you think it is OK to wash a child's mouth out with soap?

“Do you think it is OK to wash a child's mouth out with soap?”

-- 46% in Idaho say "Yes" (highest in the nation).

-- 23% in Massachusetts, Maryland and Hawaii say "Yes" (lowest in the nation).

-- Top 10 States are all "Red" States.

-- Average "Yes" for entire USA: 31%.

Question: "Do you think it is ok to spank a child?"

-- 87% in Alabama say "Yes" (highest in the nation).

-- 55% in Vermont say "Yes" (lowest in the nation).

-- Top 22 States are all "Red" States.

-- Average "Yes" for entire USA: 72%.

Question: "Do you think it is OK for a school teacher to spank a student?"

-- 53% in Arkansas and Mississippi say "Yes" (highest in the nation).

-- 8% in New Hampshire say "Yes" (lowest in the nation).

-- Top 25 States are all "Red" States.

-- Average "Yes" for entire USA: 23%.


SurveyUSA interviews 600 adults in each of the 50 states every month. Interviews are conducted on the same days, at the same time, in all states. Interviews for these questions were conducted 8/12/05 through 8/14/05. Margin of sampling error is calculated for each question separately, and is available at the url for each of the results. A complete statement of methodology accompanies each separate poll.

About SurveyUSA: SurveyUSA of Verona NJ is the nation's largest independent public opinion pollster, with 50 TV stations under long-term exclusive contract. Millions of Americans see the results of SurveyUSA research every night on their local TV news. SurveyUSA poll results can be seen on WABC-TV, KABC-TV, WBBM-TV, WCAU-TV, WBZ-TV, KPIX-TV, KXAS-TV, WXIA-TV, WDIV-TV, KPRC-TV, KING-TV, WFLA-TV, KPNX-TV, WKYC-TV, WFOR-TV, KUSA-TV, KXTV-TV, WKMG-TV, KSDK-TV, WMAR-TV, KATU-TV, WXIN-TV, KGTV-TV, WBTV-TV, WTVD-TV, WCPO-TV, KSL-TV, WOAI-TV, WZZM-TV, WPTV-TV, KFOR-TV, WGRZ-TV, WLNE-TV, WHAS-TV, KVBC-TV, WTLV-TV, WNEP-TV, KEYE-TV, WRGB-TV, KTHV-TV, WBIR-TV, KJRH-TV, WKRG-TV, KWCH-TV, WSLS-TV, WHO-TV, WCSH-TV, WYTV-TV and WCSC-TV. These TV stations are owned by the nation's largest and most-respected media companies, including: ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, Gannett, Scripps-Howard, Belo, Post-Newsweek, Tribune, McGraw-Hill, Clear Channel, Media-General, Fisher Broadcasting, Freedom and Jefferson-Pilot. SurveyUSA(R) is Proud to Be America's Pollster(R).


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