Distracted pedestrians


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?

Total OR
1218 604 All
43 43 Often
46 46 Sometimes
9 9 Rarely
1 1 Never

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
2014 2016 2018
53 48 43 Often
38 42 46 Sometimes
8 8 9 Rarely
0 1 1 Never

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

Total OR
1203 597 Ever see distracted walkers
13 11 It doesn’t bother me at all
57 60 It bothers me a little
28 27 It bothers me a lot

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

Oregon
M F
14 8 It doesn’t bother me at all
63 57 It bothers me a little
20 33 It bothers me a lot

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

Total OR
1218 604  
6 6 Often
29 29 Sometimes
51 52 Rarely
13 12 Never

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

Oregon
2014 2016 2018
4 7 6 Often
26 31 29 Sometimes
51 53 52 Rarely
18 8 12 Never

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

Oregon
< 35 35 – 54 55 +
8 7 1 Often
41 29 14 Sometimes
41 50 69 Rarely
9 13 14 Never

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

Oregon
Children No Children
11 2 Often
35 24 Sometimes
42 60 Rarely
10 14 Never

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

Total OR
1218 604 All
37 38 Talk to a fellow pedestrian
32 31 I always pay attention—I don’t do any of these things
30 30 Read or text on a smartphone
29 30 Talk on a cell phone
22 23 Use earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
5 6 Use earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
4 4 Stand at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the street
3 2 Other

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

Oregon
< 35 35 – 54 55 +
41 40 41 Talk to a fellow pedestrian
16 29 52 I always pay attention—I don’t do any of these things
47 31 10 Read or text on a smartphone
45 31 13 Talk on a cell phone
38 21 8 Use earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
7 1 7 Use earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
5 4 2 Stand at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the streete
1 3 2 Other

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

Oregon
2014 2016 2018
49 50 38 Talk to a fellow pedestrian
30 36 30 Read or text on a smartphone
37 31 30 Talk on a cell phone
21 27 23 Use 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?

Total OR
1218 604 All
82 82 Talk on a cell phone
80 79 Reading or texting on a smartphone
73 71 Using earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
54 54 Talking to a fellow pedestrian
46 48 Standing at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the street
25 26 Using earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
2 2 I don’t see people doing any of these
1 1 Other

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

Oregon
M F
77 86 Talk on a cell phone
72 86 Reading or texting on a smartphone
62 79 Using earbuds or headphones to listen to music or podcasts
47 61 Talking to a fellow pedestrian
37 58 Standing at a corner or intersection without the intention of crossing the street
25 28 Using earbuds or headphones, but not listening to music or podcasts
3 2 I don’t see people doing any of these
<1 2 Other

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

Total OR
1218 604 All
75 74 I’m very aware of my surroundings
22 24 I’m somewhat aware
1 1 I’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
< 35 35 +
62 79 I’m very aware of my surroundings
35 19 I’m somewhat aware
2 0 I’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?

Total OR
1218 604 All
8 9 Very aware of their surroundings
69 70 Somewhat aware of their surroundings
18 16 Not aware of their surroundings

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

Oregon
M F
13 5 Very aware of their surroundings
69 71 Somewhat aware of their surroundings
15 17 Not aware of their surroundings

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

Oregon
< 35 35 – 54 55 +
11 12 1 Very aware of their surroundings
74 65 75 Somewhat aware of their surroundings
11 17 21 Not aware of their surroundings
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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.

About PEMCO Insurance
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