Tobacco Free N.D. poll shows strong support for smoke-free laws

BISMARCK A statewide poll commissioned by Tobacco Free North Dakota reflects even stronger support as of March 6, 2013, for both the smoke-free law and for Measure 3, each passed by initiated measure in 2012 and 2008, respectively, according to a news release.

In November 2012, 67 percent of North Dakota voters, consisting of a majority in every single county and legislative district of the state, passed Measure 4, creating smoke-free workplaces and protecting all North Dakotans from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The number of North Dakotans who support the smoke-free law, since its implementation only three months ago on Dec. 6, 2012, has risen to 72 percent. In addition, 71 percent of North Dakotans polled responded that they find going to restaurants and bars more enjoyable now that smoking is prohibited.

The poll also showed an overwhelming 89 percent support in favor of Measure 3, which passed with 54 percent of the vote in Nov. 2008. Measure 3 required the state of North Dakota to use a portion tobacco settlement money to fund a comprehensive best practice, guideline-based tobacco prevention program.

“We were thrilled with the level of statewide support the smoke-free law received in November, and we’re just as excited to see an increase in that level of support now that it’s in place,” said Erin Hill-Oban, executive director of Tobacco Free North Dakota.

This poll data is based on 502 live telephone interviews with voters statewide in North Dakota conducted by Keating Research Inc. from February 21-24, 2013.

– Jill Hambek