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Article posted Jun 13 2013, 12:18 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Infowars Print

New Polls: Americans Decry NSA Spying, View Snowden as a Patriot

Surveys contradict previous Pew poll
Paul Joseph Watson

Contradicting a previous Pew poll which found that a majority of Americans support the NSA spying on telephone records, new surveys find that most Americans decry NSA snooping and view whistleblower Edward Snowden as a patriot for exposing the existence of PRISM.

As we reported on Tuesday, many reacted with shock to a Pew Research Center poll which found that 56% of Americans supported the NSA “tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans,” suggesting that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – who sacrificed his freedom to expose the existence of PRISM, a program under which the NSA is pulling private data "directly from the servers" of major US service providers such as Google and Facebook – had acted in vain.

However, a new Gallup poll conducted this week finds that “More Americans disapprove (53%) than approve (37%) of the federal government agency program that as part of its efforts to investigate terrorism obtained records from U.S. telephone and Internet companies to “compile telephone call logs and Internet communications.”

“What can one deduce from this discrepancy? Perhaps it is nothing more complex than polling bias, most recently observed during the 2012 presidential campaign, and which shows that sometimes it is more important who is doing the polling than who is being polled and what questions are being asked,” writes Zero Hedge.

Just as in the Pew poll, more Democrats than Republicans (49% to 32%) are likely to approve NSA snooping, underscoring once again how leftists abandon their concern for privacy and civil liberties when a Democrat is in the White House.

The Gallup poll correlates with a separate CBS News poll which found that 58% of Americans disapprove of the government “collecting phone records of ordinary Americans.” The Gallup poll also shows that 35% of Americans would be “very concerned” about violation of their own privacy rights if the government had computerized logs of their telephone calls or Internet communications, while 22% said they would be “somewhat concerned.”

A slight majority (44% to 42%) believe Edward Snowden was right to leak the information to the press.

In addition, following Snowden’s quote to the South China Morning Post, when he remarked, “I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American,” a Reuters/Ipsos poll confirms that most Americans look favorably on the whistleblower’s actions.

23% of those surveyed viewed Snowden as a traitor, while 31% said he was a patriot. 46% said they don’t know, suggesting that the narrative behind the story has a way to go before it fully unfurls. In addition, 35% said Snowden should face no charges while 25% think he should be charged to the full extent of the law.

Only 6% of those surveyed had no objections to the PRISM surveillance program, while 37% said it is completely unacceptable. A majority of 45% said PRISM was acceptable under some circumstances.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for and Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

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Posted: Jun 13 2013, 2:56 PM

70199 Most Americans don't know their ass from a hole in the ground about what is happening to us, especially if they get their information from the tv,

Posted: Jun 13 2013, 6:23 PM

I read (yesterday) that most americans (in a bogus poll)
LIKED BEING SPIED ON which blew my mind.

I could NOT FIND any poll with those results.

on us and the same 86%-90% consider the whistleblowers HEROES.

I think most of us realize that THESE ARE OUR TRUE PATRIOTS.

Bless you Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden.

Posted: Jun 13 2013, 9:05 PM

24226 Keep the "Left/Right" bullshit out of the argument - it's the old divide and conquer deal.

No one has more human rights than I do

I do not have more human rights than anyone else.


As for this comment being anonymous........


Posted: Jun 15 2013, 8:52 AM

7447 The gov effort is about criminalizing every citizen. Words now get to have multiple meanings so the gov picks the negative. Like there is a terror vocabulary. The public is very much aware of the destruction of this nation by zionist.

Posted: Jun 15 2013, 1:27 PM

80202 It's ALL In how they phrase the questions. This "poll results" crap has been going on for twenty years or more. If they ask " should we allow the government to soy on us, to defeat terrorism" you get one result. The question is if it works at all, and how to put it to forget totally about the US constitution, which is pretty clear on this point.

The US is a rogue nation now, most definitely on par with Stasi, the USSR at it's worst, and other totalitarian governments of the past. It's not new though. Read up on JFK and all the CIA and FBI were doing back in the sixties....opening snail mail, making copies, sending it on, etc.

The reason we have the constitution is they recognized the certainty of abuse by secret forces.

Posted: Jun 15 2013, 1:31 PM

80202 People agree to this because they actually think "they don't mean me, they will just pay attention to the real bad guys" which is false. If you stick your head up, you'll get it taken off. Nobody much talks about the possibility of blackmail too of congressmen, not nec. Because they break the law (though that too) but just imagine a family values guy that is a closet gay, or has a mistress...the government can blackmail them.

When someone says "hey, if you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" (idiots) respond by telling them "that is EXACTLY what a terrorist would say to act as if he was law abiding".

Posted: Jun 17 2013, 6:16 PM

65110 Americans love being spied upon? What bullshit.

Remember Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister...

"The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous."

Replace "English" with the government of your choice...
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