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US: Terrorism (CNN 1/8-10)


CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
1/8-10/10, 1,021 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(CNN release)

National

How worried are you that you or someone in your family will become a victim of terroris?
9% Very worried, 25% Somewhat worried, 35% Not too worried, 30% Not worried at all

How much confidence do you have in the Obama administration to protect U.S. citizens from future
acts of terrorism?

24% A great deal, 41% A moderate amount, 19% Not much, 16% None at all

Which comes closer to your view -- the terrorists will always find a way to launch major attacks no matter what the U.S. government does, or the U.S. government can eventually prevent all major attacks if it works hard enough at it?
60% Terrorists will always find a way
39% Government can prevent attacks

As you know, a man has been charged with attempting to use an explosive device on Christmas Day to blow up a plane that was flying to Detroit. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama has responded to that incident?
57% Approve, 39% Disapprove

If you had to choose, would you rather see the man who has been charged in that incident brought to trial in a criminal court run by the civilian judicial system, or would you rather see him tried by a
military court run by the U.S. armed forces?

42% Criminal court, 57% Military court

As a result of this incident, do you think that any top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling the issue of terrorism should be fired, or don't you think so?
46% Should be fired, 51% Don't think so

As you may know, new machines called full-body scanners could be used at airports to scan passengers for weapons or explosives that cannot be detected by the machines currently in use. The new machines display an image of what the person being scanned looks like naked but that image is shown only to security personnel in a closed room at some distance from the machine itself. Do you think full-body scanners like that should or should not be used in U.S. airports?
79% Should be used, 20% Should not be used

Based on what you have read or heard about full-body scanners, do you think they pose a health risk to the people who go through them, or don't you think so?
18% Health risk, 76% Don't think so

Suppose you were at an airport planning to board a flight and security personnel were using a full body scanner like that to scan all passengers. Do you think you would feel unconcerned about that
or would that make you feel uneasy?

72% Unconcerned, 27% Uneasy

If you had a choice between going through a full body scanner that would take a small amount of time or spending much more time being frisked or patted down by a [male if respondent is male, female if respondent is female] security guard who would put his hands directly on your body, which option would you choose -- the full body scanner or a manual search of your body by a security guard?
82% Scanner, 15% Manual search

 

Comments
Aaron_in_TX:

Interesting that this poll finds a polar opposite response from Gallup on whether people prefer pat down searches or full body scanners.

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Stillow:

The scans kind of creep me out. I fly all the tiem for work. Not sure i want someone looking at my body scan...and what about kids?

Stupid terrorists...........

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Emily Swanson:

Aaron: The surveys are actually pretty consistent -- the confusion results because they ask different questions. CNN asks which option the respondent would choose, whereas Gallup asks which one would make the respondent more uncomfortable.

CNN: If you had a choice between going through a full body scanner that would take a small amount of time or spending much more time being frisked or patted down by a [male if respondent is male, female if respondent is female] security guard who would put his hands directly on your body, which option would you choose -- the full body scanner or a manual search of your body by a security guard?
82% Scanner, 15% Manual search

Gallup: As you may know, an alternative to a full body scan would be to have an airport security agent pat passengers down, that is to touch their bodies or clothing to search for hidden objects. Which method would make you more uncomfortable?
70% Pat down, 22% Full body scan

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Williame123:

It seems that the republican attacks on Obama didn't work.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Ah. Thanks, Emily, I didn't read the questions carefully enough.

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