CBS NEWS POLL For release: Monday, November 15, 2010 6:30 PM EDT

Americans Support Full-Body Scanners at Airports November 7-10, 2010 Americans have differing views on two potentially inconvenient and invasive practices at airports that could be used to uncover potential terrorist attacks. Americans overwhelmingly approve of the use of full-body digital x-ray machines, a device being used at some airports in the U.S., while most do not think racial or ethnic profiling is justified -- a practice not in place at airports. Although some civil rights groups allege that they represent an unconstitutional invasion of privacy, Americans overwhelmingly agree that airports should use “full-body” digital x-ray machines to electronically screen passengers in airport security lines. Eight in 10 Americans think airports should use these new machines, including a majority of both men and women, Americans of all age groups, and Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike. Should Airports Use Full-Body X-Ray Machines? Yes 81% No 15 Most Americans do not think it would be justified for people of certain racial or ethnic groups to be subject to additional security checks at airport checkpoints. 52% say no, while 37% say it would be justified. Feelings on this may be sensitive to news about terror threats. Back in January 2010 - after a failed Christmas Day attempt by a Nigerian citizen to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on a flight to Detroit – a slight majority of Americans thought ethnic profiling was justified. In 2006, shortly after British authorities unveiled a potential terror plot using liquid explosives, 49% of Americans supported ethnic profiling at airports. Is Ethnic Profiling at Airports Justified? Now 1/2010 8/2006 Yes 37% 51% 49% No 52 38 46 Some groups of Americans see this issue differently. Republicans are divided on this issue, while Americans over 65 and those who think a terrorist attack within the next few months is very likely are more apt to think ethnic and racial profiling is justified than not.
_________________________________________________________________________________ This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,137 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone November 7-10, 2010. Phone numbers were dialed from RDD samples of both standard land-lines and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

CBS News Poll Airport Screening November 7-10, 2010 q31 Do you think it would be justified or not justified for people of certain racial or ethnic groups to be subject to additional security checks at airport checkpoints? ** TOTAL RESPONDENTS ** *** Party ID *** Total Rep Dem Ind % % % % 37 46 26 40 52 45 64 47 5 3 3 8 6 6 7 5

Justified Not justified Depends (Vol.) Don't know/No answer

Jan10a % 51 38 6 5

q32 Some airports are now using "full-body" digital x-ray machines to electronically screen passengers in airport security lines. Do you think these new x-ray machines should or should not be used at airports? Should Should not DK/NA 81 15 4 83 12 5 81 15 4 78 17 5

Sample sizes: UNWEIGHTED 1137 318 369 450 WEIGHTED

Total Respondents Total Republicans Total Democrats Total Independents

290 (26%) 385 (34%) 462 (40%)

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