Poll: Overwhelming Support for Boston Lockdown


About nine out of 10 Massachusetts residents said in a recent poll that they approved of the decision to institute a lockdown in parts of the Greater Boston area during the search on April 19 for alleged terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The MassPulse Quarterly Poll is conducted among samples of approximately 500 Massachusetts residents.

Among the questions was, “Which worries you more: that the government will not go far enough to investigate and prevent terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that it will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?”

Forty-eight percent responded that they worried government would not go far enough to investigate terrorism, while 36 percent worried about compromising constitutional rights.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent.

Thirty percent of respondents said they tuned into live police scanner feeds during the lockdown; 14 percent reported doing so frequently, while 16 percent did so infrequently, according to the poll. Although members of the news media have been criticized for sourcing police scanner feeds for news reporting during the lockdown, 49 percent of respondents said they found the information “very reliable”.

View the full poll results HERE.

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