January 10, 2006

STUCK ON BUSH V. GORE:

Poll: Concern About Privacy Rights, But Terror Threat Triumphs: Public Believes Investigating Terror Threats More Important Than Protecting Privacy (ABC News, Jan. 10, 2006)

Three in 10 Americans believe the federal government has made unjustified intrusions into personal privacy as it investigates terrorism. That's nearly double the level of concern shown a few years ago, but it's still far from a majority view.

More broadly, the public still grants investigating terrorism a higher priority than guarding privacy rights, but by somewhat less of a margin than in the past. And Americans divide about evenly on the specific issue of warrantless wiretaps by the National Security Agency: Fifty-one percent call them acceptable in investigating terrorism, 47 percent unacceptable — views that are marked by huge partisan and ideological gaps.


All these polls tell us is that the half of Americans who voted for the President trust him and the other half doesn't, as has been true since November 2000. What's interesting is that three of the last four presidents have been so effective despite never much moving that 50-50 split at the presidential level.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2006 10:53 PM
Comments

Define effective pls.

Posted by: erp at January 11, 2006 11:10 AM
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