Poll: Majority Of Flyers Okay With Body Scanners And Pat Down Searches
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.
These numbers would seem to support a conclusion that James Joyner made her earlier today:
The 9/11 attacks were almost a decade ago but they’re still a powerful touchstone. The result is that those who want to fight the system not only have to buck their own government but also endure scorn from a large swath of their fellow countrymen willing to sacrifice pretty much everything in the name of “safety.”
Indeed, and considering that this poll comes nearly a year after the last serious attempt to direct a terror attack on a commercial passenger airline, it would seem that the effort to arouse populist ire against security procedures that are intrusive and arguably not accomplishing anything is unlikely to succeed.
Score one for “safety” over liberty.