Three Of Five Favor Regulation Of Internet Radio 'Profanity'
April 15, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PT)
According to the AMERICAN MEDIA SERVICES RADIO INDEX survey, more than three out of five of AMERICAN adults say the government should regulate the use of obscenities and profanity on Internet radio stations, as the government does with regular radio and television stations, and broadcast networks.
61% of respondents 18 and older said they believed the U.S. government should regulate Internet radio obscenity and profanity, although answers on this question varied greatly by age and gender. Interestingly, there were some differences in the responses between men and women on this issue, as well as between different age groups. Specifically:
* 51% of men favor regulation, while 70% of women said they did.
* 78% of those over the age of 65 favor regulation, while only 34% of those 18-24 are in favor.
* Neither household income nor geographic region seemed to play a significant role in respondents beliefs on this issue.
The question that was posed of a sample of 1,004 respondents was, "The federal government regulates the use of obscenities and profanity on radio and TV stations. Would you say you believe the government should also regulate the use of obscenities or profanity on Internet radio stations?"