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Americans disagree with strip-search ruling

April 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Most U.S. adults say they disagree with the Supreme Court allowing strip searches of citizens entering jail, a Brazilian survey indicates.

Suspects arrested and detained in jail or arrested, charged and jailed are not guilty under the law until proven otherwise in a court of law; however, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled those citizens may be strip searched.

An IBOPE Inteligencia online survey of 1,978 adults conducted April 5-9 found 54 percent of adults overall disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the matter of strip searching suspects upon entering jail, while 46 percent agreed with the decision.

About 66 percent of Democratic respondents and 58 percent of independents disagreed with the ruling while 59 percent of Republicans agreed with it, the survey said.

The poll also indicated 18- to 29-year-olds are much more likely at 60 percent than those over 65 (48 percent) to disagree with the decision.

The margin of error was plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

IBOPE Group identifies itself as a Brazilian multinational company specializing in media, market and opinion research.

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