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Poll Shows Increased Support For NSA Monitoring

From the Washington Post:

Most Americans back NSA tracking phone records, prioritize probes over privacy

By Jon Cohen | June 10, 2013

A large majority of Americans say the federal government should focus on investigating possible terrorist threats even if personal privacy is compromised, and most support the blanket tracking of telephone records in an effort to uncover terrorist activity, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll.

It turns out that 56% to 41% is a "large majority."

Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyone’s online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. A slender majority, 52 percent, say no such broad-based monitoring should occur…

Overall, 56 percent of Americans consider the NSA’s accessing of telephone call records of millions of Americans through secret court orders “acceptable,” while 41 percent call the practice “unacceptable.” In 2006, when news broke of the NSA’s monitoring of telephone and e-mail communications without court approval, there was a closer divide on the practice — 51 percent to 47 percent…

Even though we have been told by Obama that the war on terror is over.

But with a Democratic president at the helm instead of a Republican, partisan views have turned around significantly.

Naturally. After all, why should be worry if Obama is the one ordering the snooping? What has or his administration ever done to lose our trust?

Sixty-nine percent of Democrats say terrorism investigations, not privacy, should be the government’s main concern, an 18-percentage-point jump from early January 2006, when the NSA activity under the George W. Bush administration was first reported. Compared with that time, Republicans’ focus on privacy has increased 22 points.

The reversal on the NSA’s practices is even more dramatic. In early 2006, 37 percent of Democrats found the agency’s activities acceptable; now nearly twice that number — 64 percent — say the use of telephone records is okay. By contrast, Republicans slumped from 75 percent acceptable to 52 percent today.

Compared with a 2002 Pew poll, Democrats are now 12 percentage points more apt to support the government’s monitoring of all e-mails and other online activity if officials say that it might help prevent terrorist attacks. On the flip side, the number of Republicans who say the government should not do this has increased by 13 points…

Democrats are such people of principle.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Poll Shows Increased Support For NSA Monitoring”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    And polls can be trusted. They’re never spun or conducted for a specific result.

    //damn lies

  2. Noyzmakr says:

    Are these the same polls that have the Kenyan at 43% approval?

    All that proves is that most people in this country are dumbasses!

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