10 July 2013, 21:25

Most Americans don't see Snowden as traitor - poll

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Contrary to the opinion of the nation's political establishment, most Americans see NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor.

The results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed that 55 percent of US registered voters regard Snowden as more of a whistle-blower in leaking details about top-secret US programs that collect telephone and Internet data. Only 34 percent of respondents see NSA leaker as more of a traitor, showed the survey:

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The view of Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than traitor predominated among almost every group of respondents broken down by party, gender, income, education and age.

The poll also showed a massive shift in public opinion about civil liberties and governmental anti-terrorism efforts.

Forty-five percent of voters now say the government's anti-terrorism policies have gone too far in restricting the average person's civil liberties, while 40 percent said the policies have not gone far enough to adequately protect the country.

Screenshot: quinnipiac.edu

That was a reversal from January 2010, when in a similar survey 63 percent said anti-terrorism activities didn't go far enough to protect the U.S. from attacks, compared with 25 percent who disagreed.

'The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti-terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything,' said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Moreover, the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment," he added.

The Quinnipiac survey of 2,014 registered voters was conducted June 28th through July 8th.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RTT News

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