Majority of Americans approve of deploying federal law enforcement to protect federal buildings

Just 34% disapprove of the policy

Updated: August 3, 2020 - 2:03pm

A majority of Americans say that sending federal law enforcement to protect federal property under threat from violent protesters is appropriate action, a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen shows.

In the context of the recent weeks of unrest and violence in Portland, Oregon, 51% of voters said it was "appropriate to deploy federal law enforcement officials to protect federal buildings from protesters," according to the poll. 

Just 34% of respondents said such measures were not appropriate, while 16% said they were "not sure." 

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Just the News Poll, Is it appropriate to deploy federal law enforcement to protect federal buildings from protesters?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

The favorable response to the much debated White House policy of sending federal police to assist besieged federal institutions could indicate that the public is growing concerned with the steady procession of sometimes-violent and chaotic demonstrations in Portland and some other American cities. 

The national survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted Jul. 30 - Aug. 1, 2020 by Scott Rasmussen, a polling veteran. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.8% for full sample. 

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