Fewer Americans See Need for Police Profiling
Even as the Justice Department announces new rules that expand current bans on profiling by federal law enforcement, Americans are less convinced of the need for profiling as a police tool.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 35% of American Adults believe factors such as race, ethnicity and overall appearance should be used by police officers to determine whom they should randomly search. Forty-six percent (46%) disagree with this type of profiling, while 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 4-5, 2014 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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