Monday, May 15, 2006

By nearly 2-to-1, 62%-34% Americans Support Congressional Investigation of Government Spying Programs

USA Today Reported May 15, 2006 that:

A majority of Americans disapprove of a massive database containing the records of billions of phone calls made by ordinary citizens, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. About two-thirds are concerned that the program may signal other, not-yet-disclosed efforts to gather information on the general public.

The survey of 809 adults Friday and Saturday shows a nation wrestling with the balance between fighting terrorism and protecting civil liberties.
By 51%-43%, those polled disapprove of the program, disclosed Thursday in USA TODAY. The National Security Agency has been collecting phone records from three of the nation's largest telecommunication companies since soon after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Americans are split on whether the news media should report information about the government's secret methods to fight terrorism: 47% say yes; 49% say no.
They want to learn more about this program, though. By nearly 2-to-1, 62%-34%, they support immediate congressional hearings to investigate it.

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