Most voters who fly appear comfortable with the federal Transportation Safety Administration’s new airport security measures.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, taken Sunday night at the close of the Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend, finds that 51% rate airline security as good or excellent, while just 16% view it as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Seventy-five percent (75%) of voters who fly at least once a year think it is appropriate to require some passengers to have either a full-body scan or full-body pat down before boarding an airliner. Eighteen percent (18%) disagree and say such measures are not appropriate.
Support for the techniques is even higher among those who fly once a month or more often.
In January, just after an unsuccessful terrorist bombing attempt on an airliner landing in Detroit, 71% of Americans favored the use of full-body scanners at airports.
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The survey of 354 Likely Voters Who Fly At Least Once A Year was conducted on November 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5 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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