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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interest in IRS, Benghazi News Divided by Party
So far, public interest in a trio of controversies connected to the Obama administration remains limited. Republicans are following the stories much more closely.
After Fight Over CIA Director Ends, A Look at Public Opinion on Drones
The Senate on Thursday confirmed John Brennan to be the new director of the CIA after several senators took part in a filibuster focusing on the administration’s drone strategy. A majority of Americans support drone strikes against suspected terrorist targets abroad, but some (31%) express concerns are about the legality of the program.