Cell Phone (Only) Users Support Gay Marriage
A growing number of people are giving up their landline phone service to use cell phones exclusively, and those who are have some marked differences from those still using conventional phone service a new poll shows.
For one thing, they are more likely to support same-sex marriage and vote Democrat, according to the AP-AOL-Pew study. The study, the Associated Press reports, is one of the most extensive news surveys of cell phone users yet.
The poll found that 51 percent of the cell-phone-only group believes gay marriage should be allowed, while 37 percent of a standard polling sample felt that way.
And 53 percent of the cell phone only sample said they would vote for the Democratic Party's candidate, while 47 percent of a standard sample said they would vote Democratic, the poll found.
The results are less a change in attitude by Americans in general than who is embracing the new technology.
Currently, 7.8 percent of adults live in households that have only a cell phone. The group is growing at about 1 percentage point every six months.
The majority of people who have disconnected home landlines and only use cell phones are also unmarried urban dwellers, so these results are not particularly surprising. On the other hand, they're also overwhelmingly Hispanic/Latino, which may surprise people. Is this interesting or not? I'm not sure.