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Voters Like Presidential Emergency Text Alert System

Thursday, September 20, 2018

In light of recent weather disasters like Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, the Trump administration may begin using a program which sends out text alerts to all Americans in the event of an emergency, though not without pushback. Voters are generally on board with the idea, but now have a slightly less favorable opinion of the agency behind the alerts.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the sending of presidential text alerts in the case of a national emergency or weather event. Thirty-one percent (31%) oppose such a plan, while 15% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 17-18, 2018 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.

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