58 Percent Say Police Departments Using Drones, Military Weapons Goes Too Far, 60 Percent of Tea Partiers Agree

In an era of “shoot first, ask questions later, ” 56 percent of Americans say local police departments using drones, military weapons, and armored vehicles goes too far and is not necessary for law enforcement purposes, according to the latest Reason-Rupe poll. Thirty-nine percent believe these weapons are necessary for law enforcement purposes.

Majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents say such tactics go too far, though Republicans (53 percent) are slightly less likely than Democrats and independents (both 60 percent) to share this belief.

Republicans and Tea Partiers Are Split on Police Militarization

A significant difference emerges between tea party supporters and Republicans who do not support the movement. Just like Democrats, 60 percent of tea party supporters say militarization of the police is going too far, compared to 48 percent of regular Republicans. In fact, Republicans who are not tea party supporters are evenly split with another 48 percent who think the police do need drones, military weapons and armored vehicles to protect the public.

Sixty-seven percent of African-Americans think these police tactics go too far, and 60 percent of Hispanics and 57 percent of Caucasians agree. Men and women are equally likely to say such tactics go too far (59 percent and 58 percent, respectively).

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Nationwide telephone poll conducted Dec 4-8 2013 interviewed 1011 adults on both mobile (506) and landline (505) phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.7%. Princeton Survey Research Associates International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey. Columns may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results, detailed tables, and methodology found here. Sign up for notifications of new releases of the Reason-Rupe poll here.

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  • UnCivilServant||

    Who are these 37%? Please I'm very confused.

  • sarcasmic||

    We need Law and Order! It's For the Children! Why do you Hate the Children?

  • UnCivilServant||

    Because they're snot nosed noise machines whose intellectual capacity reduces by half for each additional member while their destructive capacity doubles.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    Tulpaoids.

  • ||

    Are those like hemorrhoids? But more law-and-ordery?

  • sarcasmic||

    Kinda, except that no amount of hydrocortisone will make them go away.

  • SugarFree||

    I thought they were little homunculi Tulpa made by masturbating on a potato under a full moon and storing the potato up his ass for a double fortnight.

  • sarcasmic||

    You are one sick motherfucker. I hope to share a pint with you someday.

  • SugarFree||

    I drove an employee away from my desk this morning by screeching like a velociraptor.

  • creech||

    The ones, who if it comes to it, will be first in line to be measured for brown uniforms and armbands.

  • Paul.||

    I'm highly skeptical of Democrats believing that militarization of police has gone too far. Something tells me that when you ask them in a simple question, it evokes an emotional response.

    Where was the huge Democratic backlash after Waco? Where was the Democratic denunciation of Clinton's use of a SWAT team with submachine guns to remove Elian Gonzales from a peaceful home? How about a Democratic calls to eliminate the use of all SWAT teams for regulatory enforcement?

    I have more faith in the Republican response as an accurate reflection about how they really feel. I think Democrats would be highly selective about when and where they want their police militarized, but they're not universally against it by 60%.

  • Hugh Akston||

    NYers love them some stop n' frisk.

  • Paul.||

    Bloomberg is a Republican!

    /shrike

  • Almanian!||

    ^^ This

    Quote, end quote: "New York is a big, complex place, Almanian. It's not [your podunk small town in flyover country]."

    True story...fuck New York, and those who vote for assholes like the Bloomin' Idiot and New Guy Statist.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Where was the Democratic denunciation of Clinton's use of a SWAT team with submachine guns to remove Elian Gonzales from a peaceful home?

    Why would Democrats object to returning the lad to the land of free healthcare and social justice?

    Lizzie Warren masturbates nightly to the news footage of Elian's removal.

  • ||

    Agreed. Both TEAMs seem just fine with police militarization when it's used against someone they don't like, whether it be the religious cult at Waco or the Occupy Wall Street protesters or whoever.

  • John Thacker||

    Yes, that's pretty much the whole thing, and too many people on both Left and Right put too many others in the Them category.

  • ||

    Oh good, another poll. I was starting to have withdrawals.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    Wait for Friday, my good man, you will probably OD.

  • SugarFree||

    If they don't get all those polls off the lot before New Year's Day they will have to pay taxes on them.

  • Paul.||

    Everything must go!

  • Paul.||

    Everything must go!

  • Paul.||

    Whoa...

  • ||

    Including Paul's submit button!

  • Almanian!||

    You can say that again

  • Almanian!||

    You can say that again

  • Almanian!||

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Did ya see what I did there?!!!

  • sarcasmic||

    who think the police do need drones, military weapons and armored vehicles to protect the public.

    Those people probably believe that police carry weapons to protect the public, when in reality they are armed so they can protect themselves from the public.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    sarc, small change, I would make...

    Those people probably believe that police carry weapons to protect the public, when in reality they are armed so they can protect themselves from impose their will upon select members of the public.

  • R C Dean||

    If you think about it, needing to go armed to protect yourself from the public at large is a pretty damning indictment.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You can't have civil liberties if you're dead. Or high. Or whatever else up-armored troop carriers protect us from.

  • Swiss Servator, Alps avast!||

    From Food Trucks, Fist, Food Trucks...

  • Paul.||

    Fist food? Does Fist food have a drivethru?

  • SugarFree||

    Yes, but it's not very popular. The angles are all wrong for proper leverage.

  • ||

    Yes, but service has been slower than usual lately

  • R C Dean||

    Personally, I think up-armored troop carriers mostly protect the cops from ED.

  • Swamp Think||

    But they have trouble driving them due to their huge throbbing erections! Also this.

  • db||

    100% of statists say, "Fuck You, That's Why."

  • RishJoMo||

    lol, lot of crazy people in the world I guess lol.

    www.AnonGoes.tk

  • UnCivilServant||

    Stop othering me, AnonBot!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I'm surprised that the majority of TPers think police militarization is a problem, considering that after its mutation in the Old People Screaming "Hands Off My Medicare and War Monuments" Party you'd think the old codgers would support the cops doing their all to keep those "hooligans" out of their Floridian HOA-fabricated senior communities.

  • The Last American Hero||

    That's what middle aged white Hispanics for.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Heh.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I'm surprised that the majority of TPers think police militarization is a problem, considering that after its mutation in the Old People Screaming "Hands Off My Medicare and War Monuments" Party you'd think the old codgers would support the cops doing their all to keep those "hooligans" out of their Floridian HOA-fabricated senior communities.

  • sarcasmic||

    Ha ha! 3 o'clock squirrels got you! Ha ha!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I should pay more attention to the clock.

  • ||

    Boy, the Tea Party is way, way out of the mainstream, aren't they?

  • Sigivald||

    While I generally agree, er, what' a "military weapon"?

    An M9 service pistol, aka the Beretta M82? A 1911?

    A Colt 603?

    An M2 heavy machinegun? Rocket launchers?

    The first set, literally yes, but no. The second, plausibly but on the edge of being irrelevant.

    The last set, definitely, but no PD actually uses those, that I know of.

    Sloppy wording meant to manipulate the outcome - bad no matter who's doing it or why.

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