Survey: SHOH38

Government records usually are considered public documents that people may view during normal business hours. Which of the following should be the government's policy when releasing government documents: First, that people should be required to show identificatiom and give a written reason for seeing the documents? Or second that people should be required to speak their names and why they want to see the documents? Or third that they should speak their names but not required to give a reason why they want to see the documents? Or fourth that they give a reason but not give their names; Or fifth that they should not be asked either their names or why they want to see the records?

Answers: ( respondents)
Form A Form B
Show ID and give written reason 38% 35%
Speak name and explain why 15% 15%
Speak name but not reason 13% 10%
Give reason but not give name 4% 8%
Should not give name or reason 22% 22%
Don't Know 4% 6%
Other 4% 4%

Note: Half the respondents heard the quetions in the order above. The other half heard them in the reverse order starting with "should not give reason at all."

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NOTE: The number of respondents to an individual question may vary from the number of respondents to the entire survey, as some items are restricted based on previous answers. The poll has an overall 4 percentage point margin of error, although the margin increases when examining attitudes among smaller groups within the survey. The margin for women only, for example, is 6 percent.