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Questions - NSA Leaks - June 17-18, 2013

15% Favor Prosecuting Reporters Who Publish Leaked Information, 68% Disagree
12% See NSA Leaker Snowden As Hero, 21% As Traitor
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National Survey 1,000 Adults

Conducted June 17-18, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports

 

1* If a reporter gets leaked information from a government whistle-blower, should the reporter be prosecuted for publishing that information?

2* Edward Snowden, a former employee of a government contractor, has admitted to leaking information about National Security Agency phone and email surveillance programs. Some say he is a heroic whistleblower. Others say he is a traitor who endangered lives and national security. Is Snowden a hero, a traitor, somewhere in between, or is it too early to tell?


3* How likely is it that the public disclosure of the NSA phone and email surveillance programs has hurt U.S. national security?

4* Defenders of the NSA surveillance program say that it has deterred several terrorist attacks. Do you believe they are telling the truth or are they just trying to justify the surveillance program?

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence