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52% View WikiLeaks Suspect Bradley Manning As A Traitor

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Most voters believe the WikiLeaks release of classified documents is likely to have hurt U.S. national security and think the American soldier who helped make the information public on the Internet is a traitor.  But they’re closely divided over whether that soldier deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters think the WikiLeaks release of classified information is at least somewhat likely to have hurt U.S. national security. Twenty-four percent (24%) consider that unlikely. This includes 30% who say it’s Very Likely that public disclosure of the secrets hurt national security and just three percent (3%) who say it’s Not At All Likely to have done any damage. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 4-5, 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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