According to an AP story, which I would link to if it wasn’t the AP, CBS conducted a poll in early November, which found that 81 percent of Americans support TSA using full-body scanners at airports. Not surprisingly, TSA touts this poll on their TSA blog.
The population of the US, as of July 2009, was 307,006,550. For the math impaired, 81% would be around 248 million people. Obviously, they used a sample, or they’d still be asking the questions. So that leaves about 58 million of us malcontents or skeptics who believe there must be a better way or haven’t made up their minds.
The pertinent data that I believe is missing from the poll would be what percentage of those people who are frequent fliers support them? Infrequent fliers? Non-fliers?
It may be that a large percentage of the people in that 81% seldom, if ever, fly. I’d be curious to know what percentage of people may have supported the use of the scanners, knowing it would not affect them personally?
H/T Pat Dollard