Public Safety Matters in Bail Decisions, Voters Say
Crime has emerged as a major political issue, and voters overwhelmingly disagree with controversial “bail reform” measures that return criminals to the streets.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 91% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that, when determining how much bail to require for suspects arrested and awaiting trial, it is important for judges to consider whether the suspect would represent a danger to the community if released. That includes 76% who say it’s Very Important for judges to consider whether a suspect is a danger to the community. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on February 21-23, 2023 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.
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