Poll: Most Americans ok with PRISM phone tracking

Poll: Most Americans ok with PRISM phone tracking
If the recent leak about the NSA's PRISM phone record tracking program had taken place in another era, Americans would be calling for the impeachment of every elected official involved. During the Watergate era, when we had a paranoid President in office, and U.S. citizens were wary of every pronouncement that came out of Washington D.C., this story would have had more of an edge to it. But we live in a different age now, punctuated by the tragic events that will forever be known as 9/11.

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.


source: Pew via BGR

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85 Comments

1. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Lol some people just can't see that this is not the only thing they doing to violate our civil rights. Its much more deeper then PRISM. This is just scratching the surface. Maybe you should post the Video of the interview with the Whistle Blower right beside the poll. Damn Zombies!

5. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

But after something happens, you will lay all the blame at the step of the government. You are the zombie for not thinking rationally. Self-centered persons only think about themselves.

10. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

You mean after the government strikes again and makes it seem like it was someone else and have the media throw it in our faces?

50. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Can't thumb this up enough.

39. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

@donfem RED THUMB

75. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I have to agree. I dont see a problem with it, and im not bothered by privacy issues to lock everything in my FB private off the public. Those who are not friends can view my stuff too. It is a platform for SHARING things, if you are going to lock everything private, then just quit FB.

11. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Don i think you would agree that if the gov't actually knew that something was going to happen and did nothing then yes all the blame should fall on them. Everyone who knows about these things knows that PRISM is just a small part of the surveilance the gov't conducts internally/externally on citizens and foreign nationals. I don't think he is a zombie for having a differing opinion than yourself. You feel the gov't should do WHATEVER they want to protect the citizens of this country and thats good as long as its legal. If gov't is violating our rights then its not legal and thats what Zig is trying to say. If the gov't can go in start collecting data on you or anyone else without probable cause AND a warrant what else can they do without our consent?

12. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I can't find the dislike button but you seriously need to do your research the government staged these events like the Boston marathon and 9/11iI use to believe it was terrorists and I was going to join the army and things seemed fishy so I looked into, you and other clueless people need to do that

13. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Vandroid i hope your not saying i am clueless because i am far from it. Oh and just so you know the dislike button doesn't exist anymore.

15. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I'm in no position to call anyone clueless and to be honest I haven't been reading the full comment just part of it

20. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Not to be disrespectful but you have got to be kidding, right? So you really think the government staged the Boston bombings, and let me guess, 9/11 too? You have been watching too many Glenn Beck conspiracy theory videos.

22. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

The evidence is there, who is Glenn beck?

23. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Glenn Beck is a conservative talk show host.

25. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I'll look him up

31. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Correction: Glenn Beck is a nut case. While you're at it, look up Alex Jones too. Right up your alley.

26. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Just like you only read part of the comment Mike you only look at part of the facts which is fairly obvious vandroid.

27. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Hmm im not seeing what your point is? He asked a questions and i answered it. My initial comment was in response to the Zig and Don and of course i only look at part of the facts seeing as no one has all the info.

29. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

too much evidence pointing in favor of conspiracy theories

60. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I was in dc on 9/11 there was no plane anywhere near the Pentagon.. So yes 9/11 was planned!

73. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

My mother was in DC and saw the plane, so no it wasn't

59. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Most Americans are f**kin morons! no offense im american but they are... We have all these rights that defin our country and are no to be infringed on and we give up our rights and let the govt do whatever! Our country's in the toilet

74. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If I could thumbs down you, I would. You don't insult a large portion of the country because the majority doesn't agree with you. That, intern, makes you a moron.

63. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

What I find hilarious is that we are talking about America...but it would be fine if PRISM was only being used in other countries... I can bet half a years salary that we have stuff planted in other countries, spying on them. But I guess thats fine tho....the person who leaked this info knows about stuff going on in other countries.....but only leaks info about the US...hypocritical.. He was and is an idiot. He didnt care that this program was used to stop potential attacks...and theres no telling how its being used in other countries... Now whatever advantage the US had about another country and potential dangers is probably wiped out. He was read in to handle top secret documents. Thats like a police officer becoming a dirty cop...or a doctor not waiting on a patient because he doesnt like them...or a lawyer who is representing a man how may be 80 - 90 % guilty....and throws the case, messes up on purpose so he goes to jail. He didnt think about the back lash his family was gonna receive. Also...him being read in to handle documents like that....he signed a paper saying he can be taken to court, prosecuted for disclosing info like this. And in this economy...money talks and BS walks....there's no way in .....that I would risk a job paying over $100,000 over this.

64. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

He signed away his rights to do something like this when he took the job. Plain n simple. I have absolutely no sympathy for him. Btw...the military is responsible for things waaaaay more atrocious than this. And I dont mean just against folks in other countries. Fact. Ppl need to wake up to the real world.

82. bendaman

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

More deeperer?

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I'm only "ok" with it because there's nothing anyone can do to stop it. Well, there are a few things that could be done, but they're really extreme.

19. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

A civil war is the most extreme thing that can be done

85. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Be carefulll... they are listening!!! lol

3. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

There you have it, they can intrudes on privacy of the whopping 62%,by the government while investigate terrorism threats, But don't intrude on us 42%!!!...

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

sadly most people interviewed were consumed by the mainstream media and hollywood celebrity news updates than some issue with freedom

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