60% Say Profiling Necessary in Today’s Society
Most Americans still believe in the need for profiling and feel it should be used to determine who is searched at airports.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% of American Adults say profiling - the use of factors such as race, ethnicity and overall appearance to determine the subjects of security checks - is necessary in today’s society. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree and feel profiling is an unnecessary violation of civil rights. Another 13% are not sure.
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 29-30, 2010 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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