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Here, we highlight current events and news articles and the data they reference.
a recent article on the Web site, Gallup Wellbeing, by Andrew Dugan, based on the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey that interviews a random sample of 2,027 adults, living in all 50 U.S. states
and the District of Columbia by telephone that was conducted July 10-14, 2013,
it was found that 22%
of respondents say that they would support a complete smoking ban today, up
from 12% in 2007. Additionally, this article reports that 55% of respondents
support a smoking ban in all public places.
support is growing, the percentage of Americans wanting to ban smoking entirely
remains relatively low. Nonwhites (39%) back a complete smoking ban and those
with no more than a high school diploma (29%) are more likely than those with
more education to say they want to make smoking illegal. In a previous survey, it
was found that respondents with no college education were generally the most
likely to smoke. Not surprisingly, less than
10% of smokers support the ban and only 12% of Midwesterners compared to 25% of
respondents in other regions of the country are supportive of the ban.
Republicans support (19%) mostly aligns with the overall support of the ban
while Democrats support (26%) is slightly higher.