Two more polls indicate American public’s ambivalence on issue of NSA surveillance programs



As I’ve noted on previous occasions (HERE, for example), polls on the matter of snooping by the National Security Agency and how to deal with NSA leaker Edward Snowden have shown divergent results that blur the lines between the left and right of the political spectrum.

And now there are two more such surveys.

HERE‘s one:

Americans are divided when it comes to charging Edward Snowden with a crime for leaking portions of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance of phone records and Internet activity, but they clearly want to know more, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Nearly two-thirds said they want open, public congressional hearings on the previously secret programs.

And HERE‘s another:

The new national survey, conducted June 12-16 by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY among 1,512 adults, finds that 44% think that the release of classified information about the NSA program harms the public interest, while 49% say it serves the public interest.

However, 54% of the public – including identical majorities of Republicans and Democrats (59% each) – say the government should pursue a criminal case against the person responsible for leaking the classified information about the program.


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