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Poll: States should restrict video games

July 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) -- A solid majority of U.S. adults say they think states should be allowed to bar sale or rental of violent video games to minors, Rasmussen Reports said.

The Rasmussen Reports survey, released Tuesday, indicated 67 percent of respondents said states should be able to prohibit sale of violent video games to children, flying in the face of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that overturned a California law that blocked children's access to violent games.

Twenty-eight percent of U.S. adults said states should be barred from enacting prohibitions of sales and rentals of such games to minors.

Americans also think parents are more responsible than the government -- 79 percent to 4 percent -- for limiting the amount of sex and violence children are exposed to in video games, survey results indicated.

However, 39 percent said video game-makers should be held legally liable if it could be proven their games led to someone committing a violent act, Rasmussen Reports said. Slightly more, 45 percent, said they thought game-makers should not be held liable.

Results are based on nationwide interviews conducted with 1,000 adults Wednesday and Thursday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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