Public Divided on Whether Security Workers at Airports Should Be Employees of Private Companies

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Public Divided on Whether Security Workers at Airports Should Be Employees of Private Companies

Between October 26-28, 2001, Ipsos-Reid Express interviewed a representative sample of 722 US adults nationwide by telephone. The margin of error is +/- 3.7%. Just like the government, the public is split on the issue of whether security workers at airports should be employees of private companies or federal government employees. In Congress, Democrats want all workers -- from security screeners to luggage screeners -- to be federal employees. These federal employees would likely become unionized. The Bush White House and Congressional Republicans want federal supervisors regulating private security firms. Overall, 49% of Americans agree with President Bush and Congressional Republicans that airport security workers should be employees of private companies, supervised and trained by the federal government and 44% agree with Congressional Democrats that airport security workers should be federal government employees. These results are the same for both men and women. Both Republicans and Democrats are more likely to follow the party line, supporting their leaders in Congress. Independents are more likely to say that airport security workers should be employees of private companies rather than federal government employees. People from Labor Union households are more likely than Republicans to favor private security companies.
"When it comes to the security of workers at airports, should they be..."
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Gender
Party Identification
Labor Union Household
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All %
Men %
Women %
Republican %
Democrat %
Independent %
Yes %
No %
Employees of private companies, supervised and trained by the federal government
49
49
48
53
43
49
56
46
Federal Government Employees
44
46
42
42
50
38
41
46
(DO NOT READ) Either is fine
4
3
5
2
4
8
2
4
(DO NOT READ) Neither/other
3
2
4
2
3
2
1
3
Not sure
1
-
2
1
1
3
-
1

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