Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:59 AM
dkf (37,305 posts)
Snowden Seen as Whistleblower (not traitor) by Majority in New Poll
A majority of U.S. registered voters consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower, not a traitor, and a plurality says government anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far in restricting civil liberties, a poll released today shows.
Fifty-five percent said Snowden was a whistle-blower in leaking details about top-secret U.S. programs that collect telephone and Internet data, in the survey from Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University. Thirty-four percent said he’s a traitor. Snowden, 30, worked for McLean, Virginia-based federal contractor Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.
“The massive swing in public opinion about civil liberties and governmental anti-terrorism efforts, and the public view that Edward Snowden is more whistle-blower than traitor, are the public reaction and apparent shock at the extent to which the government has gone in trying to prevent future terrorist incidents,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute.
The view of Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than traitor predominated among almost every group of respondents broken down by party, gender, income, education and age. Black voters were the lone exception, with 43 percent calling Snowden a traitor compared with 42 percent saying he was a whistle-blower.
@HuffPostMedia: QPac poll (in Playbook): 55-34 see Snowden as whistleblower, not traitor; 'massive' shift to seeing surveillance as anti-civil liberties.
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Snowden Seen as Whistleblower (not traitor) by Majority in New Poll (Original post)
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Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)
Wed Jul 10, 2013, 10:04 AM
chimpymustgo (12,308 posts)
7. No, they did not. But your government is SPYING on you, and most Americans don't like it.
Why can't people focus on the critical issues we are facing here: we do not have a democracy anymore.
Response to dkf (Original post)
Wed Jul 10, 2013, 08:28 AM
ProSense (116,387 posts)
4. Well, it's
not good that 34 percent see him as a "traitor."
The question is black and white. The poll also shows that by a six-point margin, American support this 51 percent to 45 percent:
42. Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?
Among 18 to 29 year-olds, a slight majority oppose it, 50 percent to 47 percent.
Still, Americans see the program as "too intrusive." From the text.
While voters support the phone-scanning program 51 - 45 percent and say 54 - 40 percent that it "is necessary to keep Americans safe," they also say 53 - 44 percent that the program "is too much intrusion into Americans' personal privacy."
"Americans' views on anti-terrorism efforts are complicated," said Brown. "They see the threat from terrorism as real and worth defending against, but they have a sense that their privacy is being invaded and they are not happy about it at all."
It will be interesting to see other polling.
Response to ProSense (Reply #4)
Wed Jul 10, 2013, 08:31 AM
dkf (37,305 posts)
5. But it goes beyond phone scanning.
The scary part is the cross referencing ability of all digital data, the dossier on each one of us.
The polls aren't measuring the extent of what we will be learning because we don't know it yet.