Voters Remain Conflicted About Manning's, Snowden's Actions
Monday, August 26, 2013
Voters rate the damage done to U.S. national security by recently convicted Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning and former government contractor Edward Snowden as about even, but a sizable number are undecided.
When asked to compare the two, 31% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Snowden’s release of information about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance activities hurt national security more, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Nearly as many (27%) believe Manning's leaking of a massive number of secret documents to the WikiLeaks website did more damage to the country's security. But a plurality (42%) is not sure which action was more harmful. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 21-22, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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