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Questions - Surveillance - April 22-23, 2013

70% Favor Use of Surveillance Cameras in Public Places
23% Think Surveillance Cameras Have Violated Their Privacy
24% Feel Legal System Puts Public Safety Ahead of Individual Rights
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted April 22-23, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports

1* Some people say that there is a natural tension between protecting individual rights and public safety. In the United States today, does our legal system worry too much about protecting individual rights, too much about public safety, or is the balance about right?

2* How important are surveillance cameras for helping law enforcement officials solve crimes?

3* Do surveillance and security cameras actually reduce crime?

4*  When surveillance and security cameras are used in public spaces, do they make those public spaces safer?

5* Do you favor or oppose the use of surveillance and security cameras in public places?

6* [Answered by 423 employed adults] Are there any surveillance cameras where you work each day?

7* When you travel, do you use any kind of video surveillance to monitor what is happening at your home?

8* If you spend a day in a major city, how likely is it that you will be seen and recorded by at least one surveillance camera?

9*  Have you ever felt that a security or surveillance camera violated your privacy?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence