30 years gone
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
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
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?
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.