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New Polls Conflict On Government ‘Monitoring’

Here is another slew of news media polls about government ‘monitoring.’ Reuters goes along with yesterday’s polls, and does its best to try to convince us that we are all perfectly happy with this monitoring. Isn’t it amazing how quickly and thoroughly the news media can respond when called upon by their masters?

First from Reuters:

Across U.S., nearly half say government spying OK within limits: Poll

By Andy Sullivan | June 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly half of all Americans say the U.S. government’s broad surveillance tactics are acceptable within limits, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday that also found widespread concern about the methods that were revealed last week.

The poll, conducted from Friday to Tuesday, found that few were completely untroubled by the news that the National Security Agency has been secretly monitoring telephone and Internet activity of millions of Americans. More than one in three of those surveyed said the activity was completely unacceptable.

Others sought a middle ground, saying the government needed to balance national security with personal privacy and explain why the activity was necessary…

About 35 percent of those surveyed said the NSA’s collection of domestic phone records should be acceptable under only limited circumstances while another 13 percent said it would be acceptable under most circumstances.

Some 47 percent said they would prefer the NSA not review their phone records but would find it acceptable if the agency had a good reason to do so. A similar proportion, 44 percent, felt that way about Internet activity…

For these respondents, the need to fight terrorism trumped any notions of privacy… Others said civil liberties were far down their list of concerns…

Meanwhile, CBS News does not seem to have gotten the memo:

Most disapprove of gov’t phone snooping of ordinary Americans

Polling analysis by Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus | June 11, 2013

…[M]ost Americans disapprove of the government collecting the phone numbers of ordinary Americans, but approve of its monitoring those suspected of terrorist activity, according to a new CBS News poll.

Seventy-five percent of Americans approve of federal agencies collecting the phone records of people the government suspects of terrorist activity, but a 58 percent majority disapproves of this type of data collection in the case of ordinary Americans.

Majorities of Republicans and independents oppose the government collecting phone records of ordinary Americans; Democrats are divided.

When asked if the government’s collection of Americans’ phone call records is a necessary tool to help find terrorists, a slight majority of 53 percent say it is…

But the war on terror is over. Besides, how many terrorists have they found?

Most Americans show at least some concern about losing some of their privacy as a result of steps taken by the federal government to fight terrorism – nearly six in 10 are at least somewhat concerned, including 28 percent who are very concerned. Democrats show less concern than either Republicans or independents…

As long as there isn’t an evil Republican in the White House.

But Rasmussen agrees with CBS News:

59% Oppose Government’s Secret Collecting of Phone Records

Most voters oppose the U.S. government’s secret collection of the phone records of millions of Americans and think the feds are spying too much on U.S. citizens these days. 

Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the government’s secret collecting of these phone records for national security purposes regardless of whether there is any suspicion of wrongdoing. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% are opposed to the practice. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided…

These are the highest numbers for opponents of monitoring, so far.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “New Polls Conflict On Government ‘Monitoring’”

  1. Petronius

    “civil liberties were far down their list of concerns.”

    Indeed.

    The great mistake of Edward Snowden was that he was too idealistic, and had an excessively romantic opinion of the American idiocracy.

    Snowden greatly overestimated their devotion to freedom and Constitutional government.

    For they willingly sell their birthright for a mess of pottage. And do so without regret.

  2. Sure, sure. Polls are never wrong, polls can’t be manipulated and especially the intelligence community under Obama’s regime cannot reach inside the servers and skew the results.

    Two Teens Accused of Hacking School Network for Better Grades
    United States — Two Orange County California high school students have been arrested and charged for allegedly breaking into their school’s computer systems to steal tests, and to change their grades and the grades of other students.

    One of the two teens faces the possibility of 38-years in prison if convicted on all 69 felony counts levied against him, which include stealing public records, computer fraud, burglary, identify theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

    In this Orange County Register article about the investigation, Deputy District Attorney Chuck Lawhorn says, “These students are not accused of just committing simple Ferris Bueller-type offenses.” Isn’t the “War Games” grade-hack a better comparison?

    Posted by: Chef on Jun. 19, 2008 (11:23 am EST)

    This would never occur to Obama’s minions and the Fellow Traveler Cohorts with their Need To Know testudos firmly in place.

    Would it?

    Enquiring minds want to know …




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