Majority of Americans Disapprove of NSA Program

USA Today: “Most Americans now disapprove of the NSA’s sweeping collection of phone metadata, a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds, and they’re inclined to think there aren’t adequate limits in place to what the government can collect.”

“The poll … shows a public that is more receptive than before to the arguments made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.”

“By nearly 3-1, 70%-26%, Americans say they shouldn’t have to give up privacy and freedom in order to be safe from terrorism.”

“Attitudes toward the surveillance program have turned more negative since last June and July, when the Snowden revelations were new. In polls in June and July 2013, more Americans approved of the program than disapproved. Now, by 53%-40%, a majority disapproves.”