America Will Never Go Paperless According to Majority of Survey Respondents

ATLANTA—Jan. 3, 2012—Since electronic devices play such a big part in our daily lives, Poll Position wanted to know if Americans think the United States could ever be a paperless society.

In a national scientific telephone survey, Poll Position found that 56 percent of Americans said they don’t think the country would ever be a paperless society, while 20 percent said “Yes, one day we’ll all go paperless.” Twenty-four percent of Americans were undecided or had no opinion on the question.

The 18-29 age group voiced the strongest opinion, with 63 percent saying the United States would never be a paperless society vs. 23 percent who said it could become a paperless society.

Results from men and women were similar, with 56 percent of men and women both saying this country could never be a paperless society.

Along party lines, more Republicans (58 percent) than Democrats (51 percent) believed the United States would never be a paperless society.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,142 registered voters nationwide was conducted on Dec. 6, 2011, and has a margin of error of ±3 percent. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults. A breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender and political affiliation in crosstabs for this poll is available for download.

An online companion poll is now open to participants. This poll provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of all voter, not a nationally representative sampling.

About Poll Position
Poll Position is a non-partisan news, polling and social media company founded and lead by two award-winning CNN news and polling veterans. The company’s goals are to engage, enlighten, and entertain millions of people with exclusive news-making, buzz-generating public opinion polls and giving people everywhere an opportunity to vote and comment on hot topics, while learning the views of others.

Source: Poll Position.

  • Stacey

    I noticed this was a telephone poll, which I assume were land lines since cell phone numbers are not as accessible. Because of this, I wonder if the participants polled were inherently a bit biased since most people who continue to have land lines (vs those going to cell only) probably are more likely resistant to change like going to a more paperless society….
    I would think the online poll or something that uses social media to access participants might balance out this potential bias.

  • Lonny Willis

    After spending close to 20 years in the newspaper business I have seen a huge reduction in subscribers and advertisers opting for internet and web sites.
    The progress of movement has "blind sided" the print industry and has given cyber communication a dramatic lead, one the print industry will never be able to catch.
    I saw it coming long before my coworkers and managers. I though I’d be safe and be able to retire from "The Idaho Statesman".
    After seeing batteries of layoffs mine came in 2008.

    I do think we are at the dawn of the paperless world, and it’s coming faster than anyone knows…