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Americans Comfortable with Current Balance Between National Security & Individual Liberties

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The past five years have forced Americans to consider the tension between national security concerns and individual liberties in a new era of technology and against a new type of security threat. Through all the legal and political twists and turns, it appears that the public is generally comfortable with the current balance between these competing priorities.

Today, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 33% of American adults say that our legal system worries too much about individual rights at the expense of national security. A slightly smaller number of adults (24%) say there is too much concern for national security at the expense of individual liberties. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say that the current balance is about right.

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