Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Public Skeptical of NSA Reforms. 73% Say they Will Make No Difference
I'm of the opinion when the public becomes disenchanted with a politician it tunes him out. Why bother to listen to what Obama has to say about reforming the NSA when there is no reason to believe he will carry out his stated goals? If he announced that if you like your metadata you can keep it (private) would he be credible? I think it is for this reason that only 8% of the population has heard much about the President's proposed changes and 73% of them do not see them making a difference.
Not surprisingly party loyalty comes into play but a small plurality of Democrats disapprove of the NSA spying. The approve/ disapprove breakdown finds Republicans 37% approve, 56% disapprove, Democrats 46% approve 48% disapprove, independent support is in line with Republican's support with 38 % approving while 56% disapprove.
The survey was conducted by Pew Research January 15-19, 2014 among a national sample of 1,504 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S.