89% say ban texting while driving

Finally, something about which roughly nine in 10 Americans can agree: Text messaging while under the influence of an automobile ought to be against the law.

You generally can't get nine in 10 Americans to agree on the day of the week, never mind a change in the law -- and never ever mind a change in the law that would have a direct impact on them.

Of course, all nine of that nine out of 10 are not exactly practicing what they preach at the moment, as 57 percent of those who drive and also send text messages admit to doing the two simultaneously. If you're talking about merely reading text messages, that number jumps to a full 66 percent.

The survey  of 2,049 adults was conducted by Harris Interactive at the behest of a mobile messaging service called Pinger.

The state of Washington this spring became the first to ban texting while driving and some half-dozen others have similar legislation pending.

With poll numbers such as these, though, you can be fairly certain that lawmakers in Washington, D.C. will be tripping over one another to grab a piece of this action.

Not since the pre-passage days of Do Not Call legislation has there been such near unanimity on the part of voters.

Politicians love these motherhood and apple pie issues.

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