A poll conducted by Pew Research found that 56% of Americans polled feel that phone tracking is an acceptable way to fight terrorism while 41% say it is unacceptable. 1004 people were surveyed and while the majority seem to be okay with the phone tracking, 52% draw the line with tracking emails in order to fight terrorism. 45% say that it would be okay for the government to monitor citizen's electronic mail.
A whopping 62% of those asked said that they would rather that the government investigate terrorism threats even if the investigation intrudes on privacy. That figure is a bit lower than the 68% who didn't mind the intrusion back in November 2010. And the older you are, the more concerned you might be about a terror plot. Of those 65 and older, 68% would rather the government track down terrorism even if it intrudes on privacy. That figure drops to a slim majority at 51% for those aged 18 to 29.
27% of Americans are following this story closely, compared to the 33% that track economic conditions and the 9% that read about riots in Turkey. That would seem to indicate that interest is fairly high in this story. 31% of those who disagree with the government program are following the story closely as opposed to the 21% who agree with what the government is doing.
Pew Research poll on PRISM program
source: Pew via BGR