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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

What America Thinks: Are Americans Willing to Waive Some Rights?

Americans take their rights very seriously, but with the growing threat of terrorism, are they willing to waive some of those rights in exchange for their safety? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Ninety-two percent (92%) of Likely U.S. Voters now consider radical Islamic terrorism a serious threat to the United States, including 73% who see it as a Very Serious threat. They’re also less confident than ever that the United States is safer today than it was before 9/11. Half (49%) of voters feel the federal government is not devoting enough attention to the potential threat of Islamic terrorism inside this country.

With this in mind, it’s probably no surprise that most Americans think preventing use of the Internet where possible by those with criminal intent is more important than allowing complete freedom of the Internet. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters think it’s more important to protect the country from a possible terrorist attack than to protect the privacy of most Americans.

To that end, one-in-three voters now think it’s a good idea to monitor individual Muslims in this country.

And all of these surveys were taken before last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.