Wednesday, December 28, 2005

64% of U.S.: Bush, its ok to eavesdrop on terrorists

From Rasmussen Reports:

December 28, 2005--Sixty-four percent (64%) of Americans believe the National Security Agency (NSA) should be allowed to intercept telephone conversations between terrorism suspects in other countries and people living in the United States. A Rasmussen Reports survey found that just 23% disagree.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans say they are following the NSA story somewhat or very closely.

Just 26% believe President Bush is the first to authorize a program like the one currently in the news. Forty-eight percent (48%) say he is not while 26% are not sure.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republicans believe the NSA should be allowed to listen in on conversations between terror suspects and people living in the United States. That view is shared by 51% of Democrats and 57% of those not affiliated with either major political party.

Yeah, that's 64% of Americans total and 51% of Democrats. Of course, the New York Times will likely come out with a (skewed) poll showing only those people in North Dakota who have last names that start with Q think the NSA should be able to track terrorist phone calls.

Check out Michelle Malkin's post on the poll here (which is where I first learned of it) and Ace of Spades's mention of it here. Check out Right Pundit's thoughts here. Mark at Blogs for Bush, Joanna at Queen of Scawtts and Jason at GOP Bloggers share their thoughts on the poll as well.

Greg at The Political Pit Bull quotes from an article in today's Washington Times and concludes that the quoted fears of the "centrist Democrats" might warranted. Give it a read; I agree.

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