August 09, 2005

From Gallup (July 22-24/05; 1006 adults; half-samples with a margin of error of +/-5%):

Would you favour or oppose each of the following as a means of preventing terrorist attacks in the USA?
FavorOppose
Requiring every person going into an office building or public place to go through a metal detector81%18%
Requiring mass transit systems such as subways, buses and trains to institute security systems similar to what is found in airports78%20%
Requiring every person going into an office building or public place to show ID70%30%
Requiring all Americans to carry a national ID card66%33%
Requiring Arabs, including those who are U.S. citizens, to undergo special, more intensive security checks before boarding airplanes in the USA53%46%
Allowing police to stop people on the street at random and ask them to show their ID48%51%
Requiring Arabs, including those who are U.S. citizens, to carry a special ID46%53
Allowing the government to search a list of books people have checked out of the library37%60%
Allowing police to stop people on the street at random to search their possessions29%70%
Making it easier for legal authorities to read mail, e-mail or tap phones without the person's knowledge25%73%
Allowing the government to imprison U.S. citizens who are suspected of terrorism without putting them on trial for years21%75%
Allowing police to enter a person's home at any time without a search warrant6%93%

Before I showed these results to the waitress who was bringing the coffee, I asked her opinion on some of these. She agreed unequivocably with all of these measures: "I have nothing to hide".

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