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
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
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
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).