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 So CBS News Sunday Morning, in honor of its 30th birthday, conducted a poll using the same questions used by the CBS News/New York Times poll (and some other sources) 30 years ago.

Some of the results were pretty interesting.

 

 

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NEWS? 

CBS/NYT L.A. Times Poll  

Now  12/1979 

Television   60%  41% 

Newspapers   14  42 

Internet   13  n/a 

Radio     7  11 

Magazines    1   2 

Talking to people  4   3 

 

Note the "n/a" next to Internet in 1979.

 

HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONS BETWEEN ADULTS 

      CBS/NYT Gallup 

      Now  11/1978 

Wrong   41%  62

Not wrong  54  25

 

There it is, in black and white. A majority of Americans now accept homosexuality as a normal state of affairs. Progress!

 

Progress on health care, too.

 

 

 

 HEALTH INSURANCE:  PRIVATE ENTERPRISE VS. GOVERNMENT? 

CBS/NYT CBS/NYT 

Now  1/1979 

Private enterprise  32%  48% 

Government – all problems 49  28 

Government – emergencies 10  12 

Don’t know     9  12 

 

A clear majority of Americans favor government-provided health care, at least in emergencies, and a near-majority favors it in all cases.

 

Take a look at the whole poll. It's an interesting three-decade snapshot.

 

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