Fact Tank Apr. 15, 2014

NSA coverage wins Pulitzer, but Americans remain divided on Snowden leaks

Percentage of the public saying in January that Edward Snowden’s leaks “served the public interest,” compared with 43% who say the leaks “harmed the public interest.”

Fact Tank Jan. 22, 2014

Most young Americans say Snowden has served the public interest

Young adults are significantly more likely to support Edward Snowden and his leaking of classified details of government surveillance programs.

U.S. Politics Jan. 20, 2014

Obama’s NSA Speech Has Little Impact on Skeptical Public

Just half have heard about Obama’s changes and most who did say they won’t increase privacy. Overall approval of the surveillance program has declined 10 points since July, from 50% to 40%.

U.S. Politics Nov. 4, 2013

Most Say Monitoring Allied Leaders’ Calls Is Unacceptable

In the wake of reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been listening to phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of state, a 56% majority of Americans say it is unacceptable for the U.S. to monitor the phones of allied leaders.

U.S. Politics Jul. 26, 2013

Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment

To better understand how the manner in which the government’s surveillance program is described affects public evaluations, the Pew Research Center conducted a question wording experiment.

U.S. Politics Jul. 26, 2013

Few See Adequate Limits on NSA Program

Most Americans say the government collects what is actually being said in phone calls and emails – and not just ‘metadata.’ Nevertheless, 50% approve of the surveillance program, while 44% disapprove.

Fact Tank Jul. 9, 2013

Many Venezuelans want better relations with the U.S.

A plurality of Venezuelans (44%) prefer to have a closer relationship with the U.S. than existed during the presidency of Hugo Chavez.

U.S. Politics Jun. 17, 2013

Public Split on NSA Leak Impact, Most Say Prosecute Snowden

Young people are more likely than other age groups to think that the NSA leak serves the public interest and are divided over whether Snowden should be prosecuted.

U.S. Politics Jun. 10, 2013

Majority Backs NSA Phone Tracking

56% of Americans say the NSA’s monitoring of the phone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable anti-terror tactic. Americans have supported government efforts to investigate terrorist threats, even at the expense of personal privacy, since 2006.

Fact Tank Jun. 7, 2013

Balancing Act: National Security and Civil Liberties in Post-9/11 Era

Since 9/11, Americans generally have valued protection from terrorism over civil liberties, yet they also have expressed concerns over government overreach and intrusions on their personal privacy.