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While views of the program itself are mixed, the debate has raised public concern about whether anti-terror programs are restricting civil liberties. This is the first time in Pew Research polling that more have expressed concern over civil liberties than protection from terrorism since the question was first asked in As concern about civil liberties has grown, the issue now divides members of both parties.
This marks a change in opinion among both parties sincewhen Bush administration anti-terror surveillance programs faced scrutiny. When those who express this view are asked an open-ended question about what other purposes the data is being used for, a range of responses are given, with many focusing on general concerns about government monitoring and spying.
There has been a point rise in the percentage saying their greater concern is civil liberties since Pew Research last asked the question in October This is the first time a plurality has expressed greater concern about civil liberties than security since the question was first asked in The increase in concern about civil liberties has taken place across the board, with double-digit shifts in opinion among nearly all partisan and demographic groups. While this change has been broad-based, the transformation among Tea Party Republicans stands out.
Among Democrats and independents, increasing percentages also say their greater concern is that anti-terror policies have curbed civil liberties. And the share of independents expressing greater concern over civil liberties has risen 17 points since Those under the age of 30 stand out for their broad concern over civil liberties.
Republicans and independents also perceive the program as more far-reaching in scope and less limited. Tea Party Republicans also express far more concern about the scope of the program. The public is divided over whether the news media should report on information it obtains about the secret methods the government is using to fight terrorism. Inthere were large partisan differences on this question. Comparable majorities of both Republicans and Democrats express concerns that the media reports too much information that can harm government anti-terrorism programs and that the government keeps too much information about anti-terrorism programs secret from the public.
Older Americans are more opposed to the media covering secret anti-terror tactics. The age differences in overall opinions about the program are modest, with about half in older age groups approving of the program. About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is Wives want nsa Liberty Center nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.
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