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68% Expect NSA Phone Spying To Stay the Same or Increase

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Despite President Obama’s announcement of tighter controls on the National Security Agency’s domestic spying efforts, two-out-of-three U.S. voters think spying on the phone calls of ordinary Americans will stay the same or increase.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters trust the president, the executive branch, Congress and federal judges to make sure the NSA program is abiding by the Constitution. That’s up from 30% in early June when the spying program was first revealed. Forty-nine percent (49%) still don’t trust the government’s top officials to keep the program constitutional, but that’s down from 53% in October. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 19-20, 2014 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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