Majority against letting towns ban saggy pants - 385 participants, 712 responses

Jul 07, 2016

On July 5 the Timonsville, South Carolina Town Council voted to outlaw wearing pants in a way that intentionally exposes undergarments. Anyone who violates the ordinance is subject to a verbal warning, but repeat offenders may be subject to a fine. Although no New Hampshire town has tried to ban saggy pants, towns have tried to regulate female toplessness. However, last year a judge ruled that New Hampshire municipalities are not authorized to regulate attire in public areas. Earlier this year the state Senate passed SB 347, a bill that would let towns regulate clothing, but the House killed the bill.  On July 7, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH let towns ban saggy pants?”

“Should NH let towns ban saggy pants?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 83% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 17% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 712 responses from 385 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 61%, opposed allowing towns to ban saggy pants.

  • “It’s a foolish fashion but should not be subject to legislation.”
  • “It is not the business of government to micromanage people's style of dress.”
  • “You can’t simply ban somebody for wearing their clothes a certain way… If there is no victim, there is no crime.”

Yes: A minority, at 39% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of allowing towns to ban saggy pants.

  • “This is disgusting. They should be banned.”
  • “If you don't wear pants you get arrested. Appears to be the same thing. Pull them up or you're going down.”
  • “Ban it country-wide and bring back self-respect.”

Other: As noted above, 17% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Weighing in on the look in general: “I can’t see why you would do such a thing. Pull up your pants.”
  • Related legislation: “They outlawed baggy and saggy pants in Connecticut. Their argument was they could hide a concealed weapon and they won.”
  • Philosophical implications: “If the same people calling for limited government, but are in favor of this, take a moment to think about the hypocrisy of your position.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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