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    What Americans Think About Prostitution Laws

    Support for sex worker rights crosses all sorts of demographic lines, according to a new poll from the group Data for Progress. The group found that 52 percent of American adults support decriminalizing prostitution, with replies equally split between "strongly support" and "somewhat support." Just 35 percent were opposed, with 13 percent unsure.

    For the survey, conducted last November and released last week, pollsters asked people if they would support or oppose "decriminalizing sex work as New Zealand did in 2003." They explained that "this would remove criminal penalties for adults to sell and pay for consensual sex while also maintaining laws that criminalize violence."

    Among younger voters, enthusiasm for decriminalization was even stronger than in the general population. Sixty-five percent of 18- to 29-year-olds were in favor, with just 26 percent opposed. And 66 percent of 30- to 44-year-olds were in favor, with just 23 percent opposed.

    Support among older groups alone was still substantial: 45 percent of 45- to 54-year-old respondents favored decriminalization, as did 43 percent of 55- to 64-year-olds and 42 percent of the 65-and-older crowd. The oldest cohort was the only one to feature stronger opposition to decriminalization than support, with 51 percent either somewhat or strongly opposed to the idea.

    Support for decriminalization crossed not just age cohorts but also party lines. Support was highest among Democrats, with 64 percent in favor. But 55 percent of independents were also on board, along with 37 percent of Republicans.

    A mere 22 percent of Democratic respondents were against decriminalization, as were 25 percent of independents and 54 percent of Republicans.

    Support for decriminalization also crossed the urban/suburban/rural divide:

    62 percent of urban Democrats, 66 percent of suburban Democrats, and 60 percent of rural Democrats said they support decriminalization.
    49 percent of urban independents, 66 percent of suburban independents, and 49 percent of rural independents were supportive.
    46 percent of urban Republicans, 35 percent of suburban Republicans, and 35 percent of rural Republicans agreed.

    Suburban Democrats were the most likely of all demographic groups to express strong support, while suburban Republicans were the most likely to strongly oppose the idea. Urban independents and suburban Democrats were the least likely to express strong opposition.

    A later question on the Data for Progress poll dealt specifically with policing prostitution. "Vice policing units often enforce laws against consensual sex work," the pollster would tell respondents. "One strategy they use is undercover stings and raids, in which plainclothes officers pose as potential customers, solicit sex workers and then arrest them." Respondents were then asked if they were for or against "defunding vice policing dedicated to criminalizing sex work."

    "Overall, support for this policy was statistically the same as support for decriminalization," notes the Data for Progress report. "About 49 percent of voters support ending vice policing of sex work, compared to 35 percent who oppose it."

    Again, support was highest among Democrats—59 percent were either somewhat or strongly supportive—but still substantial among other political groups. Forty percent of Republicans and 38 percent of independents wanted to stop vice cops from doing sex stings. And with decent numbers of all groups undecided, only 24 percent of Democrats, 46 percent of Republicans, and 39 percent of independents were outright opposed.

    Suburban Democrats were the most likely to say yes to defunding sex cops (66 percent were in favor), but majorities of urban and rural Democrats agreed. And support was also relatively high among suburban independents (49 percent), urban Republicans (45 percent), and rural Republicans (42 percent).

    Only three cohorts saw less than 40 percent of respondents opposed to vice stings, with support lowest among urban independents. Urban independents were also the most unwilling to stop the stings, at 53 percent.

    Broken down by age, older millennials and younger Gen Xers were again the most supportive of sex worker rights on this question. A full 59 percent of 30- to 44-year-old respondents supported ending stings on sex workers. The youngest cohort trailed just behind, at 56 percent.

    The 65-and-older cohort was also into the idea, with almost a majority—49 percent—saying they would end vice policing of consensual sex.

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    But that 35% opposed is what the politicians will listen to, because they're same ones who wave their bibles and scream the loudest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Nass View Post
    But that 35% opposed is what the politicians will listen to, because they're same ones who wave their bibles and scream the loudest.
    Little tip for millennials: politicians might listen to you more if you actually, y’know, voted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Nass View Post
    But that 35% opposed is what the politicians will listen to, because they're same ones who wave their bibles and scream the loudest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Nass View Post
    But that 35% opposed is what the politicians will listen to, because they're same ones who wave their bibles and scream the loudest.
    Amen
    Good survey but only online and just over 1000 folks.

    The results are drawing lots of pro and con responses. TheHill report on it has over 600 comments.

    This reminds me of the surveys many decades ago when Berkeley CA did a referendum to stop enforcement of prostitution laws in Berkeley (one of the most liberal cities in the US). Once the news media pointed out this would mean hookers in front of homes and the public nuisance factor it was soundly defeated.

    In New Zealand, there is a huge demand for local control with very upset groups due to the public nuisance factor of street hookers.

    While not a chance to decrim in the U.S. for at least a few decades the only chance in my view would be only in private consenting adults - not public nuisance street hookers. Zones have been tried in Europe and failed as has other attempts to work with street hookers.

    Sample of a response to the survey that we have to fight against:

    From: Silence DoGood
    "Decriminalizing prostitution is evil, and only libertines and lechers approve of it. You people who approve of women selling their bodies are sick, and that’s coming from a man who once was a wh*remonger.

    "Liberty is not for libertarian libertines. It’s for the the virtuous and wise. No wise and virtuous person ever approves of s*x outside heterosexual marriage.

    "'[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen onto any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man."
    Samuel Adams"

    Sam Adams was right. Everyone who favors legalizing prostitution is a menace to liberty and America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave in Phoenix View Post
    Amen
    Good survey but only online and just over 1000 folks.

    The results are drawing lots of pro and con responses. TheHill report on it has over 600 comments.

    This reminds me of the surveys many decades ago when Berkeley CA did a referendum to stop enforcement of prostitution laws in Berkeley (one of the most liberal cities in the US). Once the news media pointed out this would mean hookers in front of homes and the public nuisance factor it was soundly defeated.

    In New Zealand, there is a huge demand for local control with very upset groups due to the public nuisance factor of street hookers.

    While not a chance to decrim in the U.S. for at least a few decades the only chance in my view would be only in private consenting adults - not public nuisance street hookers. Zones have been tried in Europe and failed as has other attempts to work with street hookers.

    Sample of a response to the survey that we have to fight against:

    From: Silence DoGood
    "Decriminalizing prostitution is evil, and only libertines and lechers approve of it. You people who approve of women selling their bodies are sick, and that’s coming from a man who once was a wh*remonger.

    "Liberty is not for libertarian libertines. It’s for the the virtuous and wise. No wise and virtuous person ever approves of s*x outside heterosexual marriage.

    "'[N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend of the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen onto any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man."
    Samuel Adams"

    Sam Adams was right. Everyone who favors legalizing prostitution is a menace to liberty and America.
    So, essentially their argument is that the bible says prostitution is bad (hence all the comments about “virtue”), so it’s evil and should be illegal. Makes sense. I like how they throw the word “liberty” around to seem more patriotic. Really tops off the hypocrisy sundae nicely.

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