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Survey Claims 72% of Adults Support Violent Video Games Ban

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2010 @ 4:55 a.m. PDT

Common Sense Media released the results of a nationwide parent poll that revealed nearly three-quarters of adults would support a law that prohibits minors from purchasing ultraviolent or sexually violent video games without parental consent.

The video game industry has aggressively fought in court a 2005 California law banning the sale of these games. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on November 2, 2010.

“The results of this poll clearly show that not only do the effects of ultraviolent or sexually violent games weigh heavily on the minds of parents, but also that parents feel the video game industry is not doing enough to protect kids from accessing these games,” said James Steyer, CEO and founder, Common Sense Media. “The Supreme Court’s decision is going to have a huge impact on families and kids across the country. What we’ve learned from this poll is that parents want to be the ones who decide which games their kids play, not the video game industry.”

The poll, conducted by Zogby International, surveyed 2,100 adults from Aug. 13 through 16, 2010.

Other key findings include:

  • 65% of parents say they’re concerned about the impact of ultra-violent video games on their kids
  • 75% of parents would rate the video game industry negatively when it comes to how they protect kids from violent video games.
    • More than half of both parents and adults in general would go so far as to rate the industry “poorly”
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