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     Crime / Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice


 

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Gallup Poll. May 8-11, 2014. N=1,028 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about the death penalty?"

 
    Morally
acceptable
Morally
wrong
Depends on
situation
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

5/8-11/14

61 30 7 3  
 

5/2-7/13

62 31 5 2  
 

5/3-6/12

58 34 6 1  
             

"Apart from your opinion about the death penalty, what form of punishment do you consider to be the most humane: the electric chair, the gas chamber, lethal injection, firing squad or hanging?"

 
    %        
 

Lethal injection

65        
 

Firing squad

9        
 

Hanging

5        
 

Electric chair

4        
 

Gas chamber

4        
 

None (vol.)

10        
 

Unsure

3        

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014. N=505 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

             

"If you could choose between the following two approaches, which do you think is the better penalty for murder: the death penalty, or life imprisonment with absolutely no possibility of parole?"

 
    Death
penalty
Life/No
parole
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

1/31 - 2/2/14

50 45 5    
 

9/23-25/11

48 50 2    
 

5/14-17/09

53 46 2    

 

Gallup Poll. Oct. 3-6, 2013. N=1,028 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Is there any area near where you live -- that is, within a mile -- where you would be afraid to walk alone at night?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

10/3-6/13

34 65 1    
 

10/6-9/11

38 61 -    
 

10/7-10/10

37 63 -    
 

10/1-4/09

34 66 -    
 

10/3-5/08

37 63 -    
 

10/4-7/07

37 62 -    
 

10/9-12/06

37 63 -    
 

10/13-16/05

38 62 -    
 

10/11-14/04

32 67 1    
 

10/6-8/03

36 64 -    
 

10/14-17/02

35 64 1    
 

10/11-14/01

30 69 1    

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. July 28-31, 2013. N=1,468 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Some states have a law that says a person is legally entitled to fight back with deadly force if they feel threatened, even if they could retreat instead. Do you support or oppose this law for your state?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

53 40 7    
 

Republicans

75 19 6    
 

Democrats

32 62 6    
 

Independents

57 37 6    
 

Men

62 34 4    
 

Women

44 47 9    
 

Whites

57 37 6    
 

Blacks

37 57 6    
 

Hispanics

44 43 14    

 

Monmouth University Poll. July 25-30, 2013. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"How much have you read or heard about the use of unmanned surveillance aircraft, sometimes called drones, by the U.S. military overseas: a great deal, some, just a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A great deal Some Just a little Nothing  
    % % % %  
 

7/25-30/13

29 31 25 15  
             

"And how much have you read or heard about the use of unmanned surveillance drone aircraft by law enforcement agencies inside the United States: a great deal, some, just a little, or nothing at all?"

 
    A great deal Some Just a little Nothing  
    % % % %  
 

7/25-30/13

18 29 27 25  
             

"Do you support or oppose the use of drones to issue speeding tickets?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25-30/13

21 72 6    
             

"Do you support or oppose the use of drones to control illegal immigration on the nation's border?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25-30/13

62 30 8    
             

"Do you support or oppose the use of drones to help with search and rescue missions?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25-30/13

83 11 6    
             

"Do you support or oppose allowing law enforcement to use drones armed with weapons in hostage situations?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25-30/13

52 38 9    
             

"Do you support or oppose allowing law enforcement to use drones armed with weapons to patrol the nation's border?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25-30/13

44 49 8    
             

"How concerned would you be about your own privacy if U.S. law enforcement starts using unmanned drones with high tech cameras and recording equipment? Would you be very concerned, somewhat concerned, only a little concerned, or not at all concerned?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Only a little
concerned
Not at all
concerned
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/25-30/13

49 20 15 14 2
             

"How confident are you that your LOCAL police department will use drones appropriately: very, somewhat, not too, or not at all confident?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/25-30/13

12 32 19 32 5
             

"How confident are you that FEDERAL law enforcement agencies will use drones appropriately: very, somewhat, not too, or not at all confident?"

 
    Very
confident
Somewhat
confident
Not too
confident
Not at all
confident
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

7/25-30/13

11 36 18 31 4
             

"Should law enforcement agencies be required to obtain a warrant from a judge before using drones or should agencies be able to decide on their own when to use drones?"

 
    Obtain a
warrant
Decide on
their own
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/25-30/13

76 14 6 4  

 

CBS News Poll. July 18-22, 2013. N=1,036 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How do you feel about the jury's verdict in the George Zimmerman trial in which he was found not guilty in the shooting death of a teenager named Trayvon Martin? Are you pleased, satisfied but not pleased, disappointed but not angry, or angry?"

 
    Pleased Satisfied but
not pleased
Disappointed
but not angry
Angry Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

7/18-22/13

18 24 29 17 11

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 18-21, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Do you think blacks and other minorities receive equal treatment as whites in the criminal justice system or not?"

 
    Receive equal
treatment
Do not
receive equal
treatment
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-21/13

45 50 6    
 

Blacks

8 86 6    
 

Hispanics

36 60 4    
 

Whites

54 41 6    
 
 

4/5-8/12

37 55 7    
 

Blacks

10 84 6    
 

Whites

44 49 7    
             

"There is a case in Florida in which a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. As far as you've heard do you think this shooting was justified or unjustified, or do you not know enough about it to say?"

 
    Justified Unjustified Do not know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/18-21/13

26 40 32 2  
 

Blacks

5 87 8 0  
 

Hispanics

16 34 50 1  
 

Whites

33 33 32 2  
             

"Do you approve or disapprove of the jury's verdict last week finding Zimmerman not guilty in Martin's death?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-21/13

41 41 18    
 

Blacks

9 86 5    
 

Hispanics

24 50 26    
 

Whites

51 31 18    
             

"Regardless of the verdict in the state criminal court, do you think the federal government should or should not charge Zimmerman in federal court with violating Martin's civil rights?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/18-21/13

39 46 15    
 

Blacks

81 13 6    
 

Hispanics

58 26 16    
 

Whites

27 59 14    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). July 17-21, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Has the George Zimmerman trial related to the death of Trayvon Martin increased your confidence in the legal system, decreased your confidence, or had no effect on your confidence in the legal system?"

 
    Increased Decreased Had no
effect
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

7/17-21/13

17 32 48 3  

 

Pew Research Center. July 17-21, 2013. N=1,480 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with this verdict?"

 
    Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

39 42 19    
 

Whites

49 30 21    
 

Blacks

5 86 9    
 

Hispanics

25 58 17    
             

"Overall, do you think that this case raises important issues about race that need to be discussed, or the issue of race is getting more attention in this case than it deserves?" Options rotated

 
    Raises
important
issues
Getting more
attention
than it
deserves
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

ALL

36 52 12    
 

Whites

28 60 12    
 

Blacks

78 13 8    
 

Hispanics

47 40 13    

 

Gallup Poll. July 16-21, 2013. N=2,541 adults nationwide (margin of error 2), including 1,841 non-Hispanic whites (margin of error 3), 230 blacks (margin of error 8), 268 Hispanics (margin of error 8).

             

"How closely are you following the news about the fatal shooting in Florida of an African-American teenager named Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

29 38 21 11 2
 

Whites

28 41 21 9 1
 

Blacks

53 30 12 5 -
 

Hispanics

17 34 24 21 4
             

"As you may know, a jury recently found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin. From what you know about the case, do you think the verdict was right or wrong?"

 
    Right Wrong Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

43 40 17    
 

Whites

54 30 17    
 

Blacks

7 85 8    
 

Hispanics

25 51 24    
             

"Do you think the American justice system is biased against black people?"

 
    Yes,
biased
No,
not biased
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

33 61 6    
 

Whites

25 69 5    
 

Blacks

68 26 6    
 

Hispanics

40 52 8    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a man named George Zimmerman was arrested in Florida last year and charged with second degree murder for the shooting of a teenager named Trayvon Martin. Based on what you have read or heard about this incident, do you personally believe that the charges against George Zimmerman are definitely true, probably true, probably not true, or definitely not true?"

 
    Definitely
true
Probably
true
Probably
not true
Definitely
not true
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/11-13/13

18 44 20 5 13

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 25-29, 2013. N=1,471 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"Which punishment do you prefer for people convicted of murder: the death penalty or life in prison with no chance of parole?"

 
    Death
penalty
Life/No
parole
Unsure/
No answer
   
    % % %    
 

4/25-29/13

48 43 9    
 

7/8-13/08

47 44 9    
 

12/7-12/04

42 46 12    

 

University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant Poll. Jan. 22-28, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Do you think shootings, like the one that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, reflect broader problems in American society, or are things like this just the isolated acts of troubled individuals?"

 
    Broader
problems
Isolated
acts
Both (vol.) Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/22-28/13

43 43 10 5  

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Dec. 19-22, 2012. N=1,038 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Are you in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder?"

 
    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

12/19-22/12

63 32 6    
 

10/6-9/11

61 35 4    
 

10/7-10/10

64 29 6    
 

10/1-4/09

65 31 5    
 

10/3-5/08

64 30 5    
 

10/4-7/07

69 27 4    
 

10/9-12/06

67 28 5    
 

5/5-7/06

65 28 7    
 

10/13-16/05

64 30 6    
 

10/11-14/04

64 31 5    

 

Pew Research Center. July 26-29, 2012. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

             

"Thinking about the shooting in Colorado last week, do you think this shooting reflects broader problems in American society, or are things like this just the isolated acts of troubled individuals?"

 
    Broader
problems
Isolated
acts
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

7/26-29/12

24 67 8    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). April 13-17, 2012. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Have you seen, read, or heard the news coverage about the arrest and indictment of George Zimmerman for murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida?" If yes: "And, do you agree or disagree with George Zimmerman being charged with murder in this case or do you not have an opinion at this time?"

 
    Agree with
being charged
Disagree with
being charged
Don't have
an opinion
Haven't seen
coverage
Refused
    % % % % %
 

4/13-17/12

45 9 38 8 1

 

CNN/ORC Poll. April 13-15, 2012. N=1,015 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"As you may know, a man named George Zimmerman has been arrested in Florida and charged with second degree murder for the shooting of a teenager named Trayvon Martin. Based on what you have read or heard about this incident, do you think George Zimmerman should or should not have been arrested for shooting Trayvon Martin?"

 
    Should
have been
Should not
have been
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

78 11 11    
 

Whites

74 14 12    
 

Non-whites

88 5 7    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 5-8, 2012. N=1,103 adults nationwide, including an oversample of 100 blacks. Margin of error 3.5 for all respondents, 4.5 for whites, 8.5 for blacks.

             

"There recently was a case in Florida in which a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed an unarmed teenager. As far as you've heard, do you think this shooting was justified or unjustified, or do you not know enough about it to say?"

 
    Justified Unjustified Do not know
enough
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

4 44 51 1  
 

Blacks

1 80 19 0  
 

Whites

5 38 56 1  
             

"Some states have a law that says a person is legally entitled to fight back with deadly force if they feel threatened, even if they could retreat instead. Do you personally support or oppose that law?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

50 45 5    
 

Blacks

28 69 3    
 

Whites

55 40 5    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 2-4, 2012. N=3,006 adults nationwide (margin of error 2), including 2,334 non-Hispanic whites (margin of error 3), 242 blacks (margin of error 8). Interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking.

             

"How closely are you following the news about the fatal shooting in Florida of an African-American teenager named Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not at all?"

 
    Very
closely
Somewhat
closely
Not too
closely
Not at all Unsure
    % % % % %
 

ALL

22 39 22 15 2
 

Whites

19 42 24 13 2
 

Blacks

52 28 12 7 1
             

"Next, we'd like you to think about whether George Zimmerman is guilty of a crime. From what you have heard or read about this case, do you think he is definitely guilty of a crime, probably guilty, probably not guilty, definitely not guilty of a crime, or is it unclear from the available information?"

 
    Definitely
guilty
Probably
guilty
Probably
not guilty
Definitely
not guilty
Unclear
    % % % % %
 

ALL

15 21 5 2 52
 

Whites

10 20 6 2 58
 

Blacks

51 21 - 1 26
             

"Now, we'd like you to think about the events that led up to the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the shooting itself. Just your opinion, how much of a factor did racial bias play in these events -- was it a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor at all?"

 
    Major
factor
Minor
factor
Not a
factor
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

ALL

35 25 23 17  
 

Whites

30 26 27 17  
 

Blacks

72 13 8 7  
             

"As you may know, authorities in Florida have not arrested George Zimmerman. Do you think he would have been arrested if the circumstances were the same except that the person he shot was white, or do you think Trayvon Martin's race did not make a difference?"

 
    Would have
been if
victim white
Race did not
make a
difference
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

39 46 16    
 

Whites

33 52 15    
 

Blacks

73 20 8    

 

CNN/ORC Poll. March 24-25 2012. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"How much attention have you paid to the fatal shooting in Florida last month of a teenager named Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman: a great deal of attention, some, only a little, or not much attention?"

 
    A great deal Some Only a little Not much Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/24-25/12

35 32 13 19 1
             

"Based on what you have read or heard about this incident, do you think the police should or should not arrest George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-25/12

73 11 16    
             

"As you may know, many areas have a 'neighborhood watch' program in which people who are not police officers patrol their neighborhoods and alert the police when they see a crime being committed. Do you think people who participate in those neighborhood watch programs should or should not carry guns?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-25/12

22 76 1    
             

"Some states have enacted legislation known as 'stand your ground laws.' Under those laws, people who are in a public place and believe that their life or safety is in danger are allowed to kill or injure the person who they think is threatening them. Do you approve or disapprove of those laws?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/24-25/12

55 43 2    

Crime continued

 


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