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More Americans are Experiencing  Nude Recreation than Ever Before. Survey Finds that Americans are Becoming More Comfortable with their Bodies.

According to a national telephone survey, Americans are becoming more comfortable  their bodies and nude recreation. The survey found that nearly one in five (19%) of Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company and 18% would consider visiting a clothing-optional resort or nude beach.

Younger Americans Choose To Be Free According to the survey, younger Americans age 18-34 (34%) are more willing to bare it all and visit a clothing-optional resort or nude beach than their baby boomer counterparts age 45-54 (11%).  Also, nearly all younger Americans in this age group (97%), the highest percentage of all responses, believe that individuals have the right to enjoy nude recreation s long as it is in a designated area.


The Naturist Education Foundation has issued the following press release for wide distribution. Operators of lists and bulletin boards are encouraged to post it.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NATURIST EDUCATION FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF NATIONWIDE ROPER POLL ON SKINNY-DIPPING AND NUDE SUNBATHING

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OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - A new nationwide poll commissioned by the Naturist Education Foundation (NEF) and conducted by the independent Roper-Starch organization indicates that Americans overwhelmingly approve of nude sunbathing on beaches set aside for that purpose.

In the scientific sampling conducted by Roper, 80 percent of those polled said they believed people who enjoy nude sunbathing should be able to do so without interference from officials as long as they do so at a beach that is accepted for that purpose. The approval rating for nude beaches is up from the 72% that was registered in a poll with identical questions taken by Gallup in 1983.

The NEF/Roper Poll 2000 was conducted on September 21, 2000, and included 1,010 adult U.S. residents. The poll has an error risk of 5%.

Responses to other questions in the poll suggest that more than 51 million Americans have, at one time or another, skinny-dipped or sunbathed nude in mixed-gender groups. Poll respondents were evenly split on the question of whether a portion of public land should be set aside for nude recreation, as it often is for other special recreation interests like snowmobiling, surfing and hunting.

"That is a tremendous difference from the numbers in the 1980's," noted NEF Chair Bob Morton. "In the earlier poll, there were fifteen percentage points separating those who favored setting didn't. Now they're absolutely even. I believe we've turned the corner in terms of acceptance."

The Naturist Education Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit educational and informational arm of The Naturist Society, an organization with approximately 27,000 members who enjoy nude recreation throughout the U.S. and Canada. Through the gathering and dissemination of information, NEF promotes body acceptance and an understanding of naturist issues.

For more information on the Naturist Education Foundation or the NEF/Roper Poll 2000, visit the NEF web site at: www.naturistsociety.com/NEF or call (920) 231-9950 during business hours (Central Time).

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