Friday, September 13, 2013
Americans think the United States could use more police officers, although nearly half think the country would be less safe if the police were among the only ones carrying guns.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of American Adults believe there are not enough police officers in the United States. Only seven percent (7%) think there are too many, while 36% feel the number of police is about right. Those who live in the suburbs feel a slightly stronger need for more police than city and rural residents. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on September 9-10, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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