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Indiana Statewide: Key findings from a statewide survey of 500 registered voters in Indiana conducted January 27-28, 2009.

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Publication Date: February 2009

Publisher(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Author(s): Nathan. Henry; Patrick. Lanne

Topic: Health (Preventive health services)

Type: Report

Abstract:

This poll, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that voters from across Indiana support a statewide law prohibiting smoking in all workplaces. By a nearly two-to-one margin (64 percent to 34 percent), Hoosier voters reported being in favor of a law prohibiting smoking in indoor public places, including public buildings, offices, casinos, restaurants and bars.

The poll also found a consensus among Indiana voters that a smoke-free law in the state would be good for public health. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed agreed that workers in the state should be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke. An overwhelming majority (85 percent) of Indiana voters also felt that the state’s restaurants and bars would be healthier and more enjoyable under a smoke-free law.

Public Opinion Strategies and The Mellman Group conducted the statewide survey of 500 registered voters on behalf of the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and RWJF. The survey was completed January 27-28, 2009 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percent.