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Most Americans Say Profiling is Necessary in Today’s Society

Fifty-six percent (56%) of Americans still believe that 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.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 32% disagree and think profiling is an unnecessary violation of civil rights. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

However, support for profiling is down from 71% in early January, following the unsuccessful Christmas Day attempt by a Nigerian Muslim to blow up a U.S. airliner landing in Detroit. 

At that time, 59% of Adults said profiling should be used to determine which boarding passengers to search at airports. Only 45% feel that way now. Thirty-three percent (33%) oppose the use of profiling for boarding airline passengers. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not sure whether it should be used or not.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 15-16, 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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