Rasmussen: 57 Percent Believe NSA Data Will Be Used Against Political Opponents

by Jim Geraghty

Pollster Scott Rasmussen just dropped some eye-opening survey results:

57% Fear Government Will Use NSA Data to Harass Political Opponents

There is little public support for the sweeping and unaccountable nature of the NSA surveillance program along with concerns about how the data will be used.

  • Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe it is likely the NSA data will be used by other government agencies to harass political opponents. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 30% consider it unlikely and 14% are not sure.
  • 33% approve of the NSA program to fight terrorism while 50% are opposed.
  • 26% now believe it is necessary to collect data on millions of ordinary Americans to fight terrorism. Sixty-four percent (64%) believe it would be better to narrow the program so that it monitors only those with ties to terrorists or suspected terrorists.
  • Seventy-four percent (74%) believe the government should be required to show a judge the need for monitoring the calls of specific Americans.

What this tells us is that the American people have grown very cynical about their government. And it’s hard to blame them.

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