NW Poll

Distracted pedestrians

Monday, October 15, 2018by  PEMCO Insurance

According to the 2018 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, 42 percent of those surveyed say they talk, text or read messages on their phone while crossing the street. But almost two-thirds (64 percent) insist they’re rarely distracted while on foot (even if 89 percent of respondents say they witness pedestrians who aren’t paying attention, at least sometimes).

What about you? Are you ever a distracted pedestrian?

How often do you see other people walking on sidewalks or crossing a street when they are not paying attention to their surroundings and are distracted by other things?

TotalOR
1218604All
4343Often
4646Sometimes
99Rarely
11Never

How often do you see other people walking on sidewalks or crossing a street when they are not paying attention to their surroundings and are distracted by other things?

Oregon
201420162018
534843Often
384246Sometimes
889Rarely
011Never

When you see other pedestrians who are distracted by other things while walking, how do you feel about it?

TotalOR
1203597Ever see distracted walkers
1311It doesn’t bother me at all
5760It bothers me a little
2827It bothers me a lot

When you see other pedestrians who are distracted by other things while walking, how do you feel about it?

Oregon
MF
148It doesn’t bother me at all
6357It bothers me a little
2033It bothers me a lot

While you’re walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street, how often do you find yourself distracted by something?

TotalOR
1218604 
66Often
2929Sometimes
5152Rarely
1312Never

While you’re walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street, how often do you find yourself distracted by something?

Oregon
201420162018
476Often
263129Sometimes
515352Rarely
18812Never

While you’re walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street, how often do you find yourself distracted by something?

Oregon
< 3535 – 5455 +
871Often
412914Sometimes
415069Rarely
91314Never

While you’re walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street, how often do you find yourself distracted by something?

Oregon
ChildrenNo Children
112Often
3524Sometimes
4260Rarely
1014Never

Which, if any, of these things do you do while walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

TotalOR
1218604All
3738Talk to a fellow pedestrian
3231I always pay attention—I don’t do any of these things
3030Read or text on a smartphone
2930Talk on a cell phone
2223Use earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
56Use earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
44Stand at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the street
32Other

Which, if any, of these things do you do while walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

Oregon
< 3535 – 5455 +
414041Talk to a fellow pedestrian
162952I always pay attention—I don’t do any of these things
473110Read or text on a smartphone
453113Talk on a cell phone
38218Use earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
717Use earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
542Stand at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the streete
132Other

Which, if any, of these things do you do while walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

Oregon
201420162018
495038Talk to a fellow pedestrian
303630Read or text on a smartphone
373130Talk on a cell phone
212723Use earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts

Which, if any, of these things do you see other pedestrians doing when they’re walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

TotalOR
1218604All
8282Talk on a cell phone
8079Reading or texting on a smartphone
7371Using earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
5454Talking to a fellow pedestrian
4648Standing at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the street
2526Using earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
22I don’t see people doing any of these
11Other

Which, if any, of these things do you see other pedestrians doing when they’re walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street?

Oregon
MF
7786Talk on a cell phone
7286Reading or texting on a smartphone
6279Using earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
4761Talking to a fellow pedestrian
3758Standing at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the street
2528Using earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
32I don’t see people doing any of these
<12Other

In general, when you’re walking as a pedestrian, how aware are you of your surroundings and what’s going on around you?

TotalOR
1218604All
7574I’m very aware of my surroundings
2224I’m somewhat aware
11I’m not aware of my surroundings or what’s going on around me

In general, when you’re walking as a pedestrian, how aware are you of your surroundings and what’s going on around you?

Oregon
< 3535 +
6279I’m very aware of my surroundings
3519I’m somewhat aware
20I’m not aware of my surroundings or what’s going on around me

How aware do you think other pedestrians are of their surroundings and what’s going on around them?

TotalOR
1218604All
89Very aware of their surroundings
6970Somewhat aware of their surroundings
1816Not aware of their surroundings

How aware do you think other pedestrians are of their surroundings and what’s going on around them?

Oregon
MF
135Very aware of their surroundings
6971Somewhat aware of their surroundings
1517Not aware of their surroundings

How aware do you think other pedestrians are of their surroundings and what’s going on around them?

Oregon
< 3535 – 5455 +
11121Very aware of their surroundings
746575Somewhat aware of their surroundings
111721Not aware of their surroundings

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.​

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