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Questions - Justice Department and the AP - May 15-16, 2013

52% Think Media Reacts More Quickly to Things That Affect Them
42% Think Justice Department Trying to Bully Media in AP Case
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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters

Conducted May 15-16, 2013

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about the Justice Department and the Associated Press?

2* As part of an ongoing investigation into news leaks of national security information, the Justice Department secretly obtained phone records from the Associated Press news organization. Were the Justice Department’s actions primarily an attempt to intimidate the media or primarily out of concern for national security?

3* Some people say that there is a natural tension between freedom of the press and protecting national security. In the United States today, is the balance too much in favor of freedom of the press or too much in favor of national security?

4* Does the media react more quickly to things that affect news organizations, reporters and their friends?

5* When media outlets release secret government information, are they providing a public service or hurting national security?


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence