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MPR Poll: Minnesotans divided on expansion of police powers
October 17, 2001

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Poll Date Excellent Good Fair Poor Undecided
July 2001 17% 36% 31% 15% 1%
October 2001 46% 38% 13% 2% 1%


  Recognize favorable Recognize unfavorable Recognize neutral Don't recognize
George W. Bush 76% 5% 19% --%

Question: How would you rate the performance of George W. Bush as president?

Option State Men Women
Excellent 46% 47% 45%
Good 38% 39% 37%
Fair 13% 12% 14%
Poor 2% 1% 3%
Undecided 1% 1% 1%

Question: Do you support or oppose the U.S. attacks on Afghanistan that began on Sunday October 7, 2001?

Option State Men Women
Support 83% 86% 80%
Oppose 6% 6% 6%
Not sure 11% 8% 14%

Question: Would you support or oppose expanding the power of the federal government by easing restrictions on wiretapping?

Option State Men Women
Support 53% 54% 52%
Oppose 25 25% 25%
Not sure 22% 21% 23%

Question: Should all U.S. citizens be required to carry a special national identification card?

Option State Men Women
Yes 45% 41% 49%
No 45% 51% 39%
Not sure 10% 8% 12%

Question: Would you support or oppose allowing law enforcement agencies to detain people of Arab or Middle Eastern descent, including those who are U.S. citizens, in order to conduct special security or background checks?

Option State Men Women
Support 41% 37% 45%
Oppose 46% 50% 42%
Not sure 13% 13% 13%

The MPR poll was conducted October 11-12, 2001 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed by telephone. All stated they regularly vote in state elections.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges were utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

Sample Figures:
Men 310 (50%)
Women 315 (50%)

Region Interviews
Minneapolis/St. Paul 350 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 71 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 64 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 68 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 72 interviews

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