HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Snowden Seen as Whistlebl...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 06:59 AM

 

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.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-10/snowden-seen-as-whistlebloweer-by-majority-in-new-poll.html

@HuffPostMedia: QPac poll (in Playbook): 55-34 see Snowden as whistleblower, not traitor; 'massive' shift to seeing surveillance as anti-civil liberties.

8 replies, 664 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 8 replies Author Time Post
Reply Snowden Seen as Whistleblower (not traitor) by Majority in New Poll (Original post)
dkf Jul 2013 OP
brooklynite Jul 2013 #1
graham4anything Jul 2013 #2
chimpymustgo Jul 2013 #7
cantbeserious Jul 2013 #3
ProSense Jul 2013 #4
dkf Jul 2013 #5
Laelth Jul 2013 #6
Waiting For Everyman Jul 2013 #8

Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 07:09 AM

1. 40% Now Say Trayvon Martin Shot in Self-Defense; 24% Say It Was Murder

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 07:10 AM

2. All the polls said President Mitt Romney won a landslide. nt.

 

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to graham4anything (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 10:04 AM

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.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 07:31 AM

3. The Oligarchs Can't Fool All The People All The Time

eom

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 08:28 AM

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.




Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to ProSense (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 08:31 AM

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.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 09:56 AM

6. k&r for exposure. n/t

-Laelth

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Jul 10, 2013, 10:54 AM

8. Kick

Because some people are posting that the opposite is true.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread