Recently, police officers were asked to leave a Starbucks store because a customer claimed their presence made him feel unsafe. Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters nationwide believe that request was appropriate while 79% disagree. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that those figures include 10% who believe it was Very Appropriate and 55% who considered it Not at All Appropriate.
However, among those who visit Starbucks at least three times a month, 38% believe the request was appropriate.
Thirty-five percent (35%) of black voters considered the request appropriate along with 32% of Hispanics and 14% of Whites. Thirty-one percent (31%) of urban residents thought it was appropriate as well. Just 19% of suburban residents and 14% of rural residents agreed (see crosstab results).
After being informed that Starbucks had apologized, 31% of voters said this incident made them more likely to visit the coffee retailer. Sixty-nine percent (69%) were less likely to do so.
Among those who visit Starbucks at least three times a month, 52% said the incident made them more likely to visit Starbucks.
Generally speaking, 57% of voters feel safe when they encounter police officers while 13% feel threatened. Thirty percent (30%) experience neither.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted July 8-9, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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