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First Responders Shouldn’t Be Responsible for Those Who Ignore Evacuation Orders

As Hurricane Florence pounded the Carolina coast this weekend, many in the storm’s path chose to stay put and ride it out rather than follow the government’s mandatory evacuation orders. But Americans don’t think emergency responders are obligated to help those who ignore those orders.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults say first responders do not have an obligation to rescue residents who refuse to follow a mandatory evacuation order if they are stranded or in need of help after a storm event. Thirty-eight percent (38%) think first responders are still obligated to help those who willingly ignored mandatory evacuation orders, but 18% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 13 and 16, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 13 and 16, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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