56% of Americans Concerned Over Privacy Rights and NSA Surveillance
More than a month after infamous leak about the National Security Agency’s surveillance and data-gathering programs, 56 percent of Americans say they’re more worried the U.S. will go too far in violating privacy rights, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reports.
This is an about-face from the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when 55 percent of Americans worried that the U.S. wouldn’t go far enough in monitoring potential terrorists who live in the states, an NBC News article says.
The last time the poll asked this question (July 2006), Americans were split 45:43, with 45 percent worried that surveillance would violate privacy rights.
As for the leaker, Edward Snowden, the poll finds that only 11 percent of Americans view him positively. Thirty-five percent view him negatively.