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Most of America is annoyed by your unruly kids, new poll says

If you can't stand it when a child misbehaves in public or when people live like slobs, you're not alone — most of America agrees with you, says a new poll about pet peeves.
Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL Modified: May 13, 2014 at 11:40 am •  Published: May 13, 2014
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If you can't stand it when a child misbehaves in public or when people live like slobs, you're not alone — most of America agrees with you, says a poll about pet peeves.

A new Harris Poll surveyed 2,234 adults, and a whopping 86 percent of American adults are bothered when kids run rampant in public spaces. And the annoyance increases with age: only 76 percent of Millennial (ages 18-36) are annoyed by unruly kids while 91 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 49-67) and Matures (ages 68-plus) are annoyed with loud children.

Popular pet peeves include bad behavior on flights and on the road, people who write in ALL CAPS (60 percent), and openly rude people (85 percent).

Traveling in the air and on the road

When asked about what annoys them on planes, 68 percent of those polled said they are most annoyed when travelers try to jam all their bags into overhead bin and would prefer it if they used a bin in a different section of the plane. If you're tempted to sleep, think of those legs behind you: 35 percent said they hate it when people recline their seats in the already-cramped coach section.

For those driving on the road, Americans are almost equally annoyed by both slow drivers (47 percent) and tailgaters (53 percent).

The poll also breaks annoyances down by age and gender. Males are more likely to be annoyed by slow drivers in the fast lane (54 percent) and women are more likely to be annoyed by tailgaters (58 percent).

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