Tuesday, October 17, 2006

New Poll Reveals Popularity of Social Nudism

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DATE: October 16, 2006
SUBJECT: NEF/Roper Poll 2006
TO: All

The Naturist Education Foundation has issued the following release
for wide distribution.

Monday, October 16, 2006


OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - A new nationwide poll commissioned by the Naturist
Education Foundation (NEF) and conducted by the prestigious polling
firm of Roper Public Affairs, indicates that close to three-quarters
of Americans approve of nude sunbathing on beaches set aside for
that purpose.

In the scientific sampling of 1009 U.S. adults conducted recently by
Roper, 74 percent of those polled said they believed people who enjoy
nude sunbathing should be able to do so without interference from
local officials as long as they do so at a beach that is accepted
for that purpose. The sustained high approval rating for nude
beaches is up slightly from the 72% who responded favorably to an
identical poll question posed by Gallup in 1983, and off a bit
from the high of 80% who approved in a 2000 poll commissioned
by NEF and administered by Roper.

The NEF/Roper Poll 2006 was conducted September 8th-10th, 2006,
and surveyed 1,009 adult U.S. residents. The poll has a margin of
error of +/- 3 percentage points. Roper Public Affairs is a subsidiary
of GfK NOP, LLC, an international research business.

Responses to other questions in the poll suggest that more than 55
million Americans have, at one time or another, skinny-dipped or
sunbathed nude in mixed-gender groups.

A majority of Americans favor the proposal that a portion of public
land should be set aside by governments for nude recreation, as is
often done for other special recreation interests like snowmobiling,
surfing and hunting. Approval for government designation of clothing-
ptional areas has risen from 39% in 1983 to 48% in 2000, and has
reached 54% in the 2006 survey.

"Public approval has been building continually for designating
clothing-optional areas," noted NEF Chair Bob Morton. "But
governmental agencies have been slow to respond to the emerging
demand. This updated poll demonstrates that the trend is certainly
no fluke. A majority now expects governments to respond."

The Naturist Education Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit educational
and informational adjunct to The Naturist Society, an organization
with thousands of members who enjoy nude recreation throughout the
U.S. and Canada. By gathering and disseminating information, NEF
promotes body acceptance and an understanding of naturist issues.

For more information on the Naturist Education Foundation and the
NEF/Roper Poll 2006, visit the NEF web site at:
http://www.naturist education. org,
email NEF at pollinfo@naturisted ucation.org,
or call (512) 282-6621 during business hours (Central Time).


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