Growing Number Of People Agree That Ed Snowden Is A Whistleblower
from the moving-in-the-right-direction dept
A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that, despite widespread efforts by politicians to attack and demonize Ed Snowden, a growing percentage of the American population views him as a whistleblower. It’s now up to 57% from what had been 55% in the last poll. The same poll also showed that a majority of people now think that the US government’s anti-terrorism policies have “gone too far.” It cracked 51%, up from 45% right after the first Snowden revelation, and way up from the 25% who felt that way back in 2010. The poll also suggests that fewer and fewer people support the Section 215 bulk metadata collection program, even when it’s framed with this question, which I would imagine most people are biased towards agreeing with:
“Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?”
After the Snowden leaks, 51% of people supported that description of the program, while 45% opposed. Now it’s down to 48% support and up to 47% opposed. Similarly, the percentage of people who claim this program “is necessary to keep Americans safe” has dropped from 54% down to 48%. Perhaps it helps that multiple studies have now shown that the program has not helped.
It’s certainly slow going, but it certainly appears that the trend in public opinion is moving against these programs and increasingly in support of Snowden.