Naturism Acceptance: The 1983 Gallup Poll
From 1980 through 1983, FKK managed to direct most of its energy to upgrading its World Guide, to establishing CWS as the journal of record for naturism in America, and to developing its schedule of gatherings. As FKK created itself in the non-naturist community as an informed and articulate voice for free beach use across the country, Baxandall found that he had increased access to the media. Often http://nudismpictures.net/tube/beach/ could compose posts for mainstream newspapers or magazines about a specific clothing-optional beach and they would print them. If the media wanted advice on a special skinnydipping dilemma, they started to phone Oshkosh for a naturist slant on it. In 1983 FKK commissioned the respected Gallup Organization to survey Americans on three questions pertaining to nude recreation. The Gallup Organization polled a representative sample of 1,037 guys and women over the age of 18. Interviews were conducted by http://kazyz.com/tube/nudist/ between May 13 and May 30, 1983. The three questions asked were:
(1) Do you believe that individuals who enjoy nude sunbathing should be able to do so without interference from officials provided that they do so at a beach that’s accepted for that purpose? (71.6 % said yes)
(2) Local and state governments now set aside public land for specific types of recreation for example snowmobiling, surfing, and hunting. Do you believe specific and secluded areas should be set aside by the government for folks to enjoy nude sunbathing? (39.1% said yes)
(3) Have you personally ever gone skinny-dipping or naked sunbathing in a miscellaneous group of naturism gallery teenage or women either at a strand, at a pool, or somewhere else? (14.7% said yes).
(From the Gallup Organization, Inc., “Attitudes Toward Nude Sunbathing: A Custom Survey Conducted For The Naturists” June 1983.) It was especially gratifying to FKK to have dependable evidence documenting that almost three fourths of Americans favored permitting naturists to use seashores clothing-free so long as the strand was understood and accepted for that goal. Clearly, there was little call for a rising variety of legislative assaults on conventional nudity at free beaches. With the increase of social conservatism nurtured in the 1980s, however, FKK found itself confronting an unexpected anti-nudity prejudice in the media, in politics, and in the public at large.
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