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59% Oppose Government’s Secret Collecting of Phone Records(WaPo/Pew Poll lying?)
Rasmussen Reports ^ | Sunday, June 09, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen

Posted on 06/11/2013 9:56:04 AM PDT by Red Steel

Most voters oppose the U.S. government’s secret collection of the phone records of millions of Americans and think the feds are spying too much on U.S. citizens these days. Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the government’s secret collecting of these phone records for national security purposes regardless of whether there is any suspicion of wrongdoing. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% are opposed to the practice. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 6-7, 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: 4thamendment; nsa
Wide disparity between the Peeew/WaCompost Poll v. Rasmussen. So who is lying here?

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"Pew: Majority Of Americans Support NSA Phone Tracking

by Eyder Peralta June 11, 2013 8:53 AM

We're a little late noting this poll, but it's important so we're backing up a bit: A Pew poll released Monday finds a majority of Americans — 56 percent — think the National Security Agency's tracking of phone records "is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism."

Forty-one percent say it is unacceptable."

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/11/190638738/pew-majority-of-americans-support-nsa-phone-tracking

1 posted on 06/11/2013 9:56:04 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

It’s all how the questions are asked.


2 posted on 06/11/2013 9:57:58 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Red Steel

When you consider everything that is going on in what has become a de facto police state, I do not believe any poll. Period.


3 posted on 06/11/2013 9:58:51 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: Red Steel

I think the Pew Poll’s EMPHASIS was different. They asked the question about whether people support NSA tracking phone calls to HUNT FOR TERRORISTS.

They DID NOT ASK whether people support Government secretly collecting phone records of ORDINARY CITIZENS.

See the difference in emphasis?

when you mention terrorists, everybody SUPPORTS it. When you simply mention collecting phone records of ordinary Americans, people OPPOSE IT.


4 posted on 06/11/2013 10:00:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Red Steel
35% don’t know WTF is going on. They can’t see their country dying. and 22 million are here illegally.
5 posted on 06/11/2013 10:00:33 AM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: dirtboy

“It’s all how the questions are asked.”

Exactly!


6 posted on 06/11/2013 10:02:57 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: dirtboy

Yep...


7 posted on 06/11/2013 10:03:08 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Red Steel

I’m never sure about Rasmussen. His might be the Dick Morris of polling outfits (without the toe fetish).


8 posted on 06/11/2013 10:03:19 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist
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To: dirtboy

...or to whom you are asking the questions.......


9 posted on 06/11/2013 10:03:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: dirtboy
Exactly!

Bet if the phrase was: Do you oppose Government's recording of all of your telephone conversations, email, photographs, video, and listening in to your private conversations, watching you secretly via your phone and computer speakers and cameras, then storing that information forever, to be used against you anytime it wishes?

The response would be 99.9% oppose, and consider it an illegal violation of their Constitutional rights!

Some Representatives we have there in Washington looking out for us, huh...

10 posted on 06/11/2013 10:04:57 AM PDT by Errant
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To: SeekAndFind

What about this ~ what does the public think about government requiring phone companies to keep call records?


11 posted on 06/11/2013 10:04:57 AM PDT by muawiyah (Git yer Red STATE Arm Bands here - $29.95 - NOT SOLD IN STORES - TAX FREE)
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To: SeekAndFind

exactly, because most people think... well.. IM not a terrorist! so as long as they are only watching terrorists, I guess I could support that!

But when they are made aware of the fact that the government considers EVERYONE (including THEM) to be a potential terrorist, and is thus watching THEM, the answer is completely different. Because almost no one is ok with the government watching and recording everything THEY are doing.


12 posted on 06/11/2013 10:07:29 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Red Steel

Over a decade ago, when I answered my phone and participated in surveys, two patterns with Pew polls emerged.

1. They called during normal working hours. I was doing evening consulting and was around during the day. So republicans working during normal working hours would never get a call.

2. Often when they found out that I was a republican. They would say goodbye and hang up.

#1 and #2 were confirmed with other retired republicans, when I asked if this was happening to them.


13 posted on 06/11/2013 10:07:49 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ('How empty and dead' were they to let Chris Stevens, one of them , die for 'Obama-Clinton fiction?')
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To: Red Steel

It might be an “acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism” but that’s not what they’re doing.


14 posted on 06/11/2013 10:09:34 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: BarbM

You are almost exactly correct and may well be exactly correct if you meant 45% instead of 35%. 45% of Americans are willing to trade their freedom for Obamaphones any day of the week.


15 posted on 06/11/2013 10:11:45 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Red Steel

Washington Post = Operation Mockingbird.

Of course they would help the intelligence community advance a cover story or disinformation. And every honest person knows that polls reported in the press are designed to shape opinion, not measure it.


16 posted on 06/11/2013 10:13:54 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Errant
Yeah, if you phrase it "Do you favor government being able to capture some phone, email and internet usage information to help catch terrorists", well, that would get you a solid majority.

Now, make it "Do you favor government being able to capture all Americans' phone, email and internet usage information, including yours, to help catch terrorists, and store that information indefinitely", it would plummet.

And now make it "Do you favor government being able to capture all Americans' phone, email and internet usage information, including yours, to help catch terrorists, and store that information indefinitely, oh, and by the way, that same government is attempting to label peaceful opposition groups as terrorists", well, you are now below Congress' approval rating. You know, the same Congress allegedly exercising oversight on these programs.

17 posted on 06/11/2013 10:20:44 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Red Steel

These surveys are made over the PHONE. So they ask you over the phone if you object to the government listening to you over the PHONE. Those with a bit of paranoia are going to answer NO, I DON’T OBJECT master as I bow down in abject submission.


18 posted on 06/11/2013 10:21:12 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: dirtboy
well, you are now below Congress' approval rating.

Lol, well said!

19 posted on 06/11/2013 10:26:55 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Red Steel

Perhaps somehow the NSA couldn’t get to the WaPo poll in time to alter it?


20 posted on 06/11/2013 10:32:27 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: dirtboy
"that same government is attempting to label peaceful opposition groups as terrorists",

You forgot to add "and using their influence in governement agencies like the IRS and EPA to target and attack them."

21 posted on 06/11/2013 10:33:06 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Red Steel

Well, yeah. The Pew Research Center is a subjective, lefty outfit, and NPR is Hillary’s baby. Several other surveys have shown that most of us Americans are against illegal and unconstitutional surveillance, although we already know that. Only the political/regulator chattering class is in favor of it, because they hope to get more pecuniary benefits and political control from the practice.


22 posted on 06/11/2013 10:56:29 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Red Steel

Another reminder here about the ski resorts and other, similar areas bristling with Obama signs a few years ago. They buy the candidates they want and present their chosen array of candidates to us. No good men like Duncan Hunter allowed.


23 posted on 06/11/2013 10:58:54 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You are exactly right and Pew knew exactly what they were doing when they used that phraseology


24 posted on 06/11/2013 11:28:08 AM PDT by billyboy15
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To: SeekAndFind

how abut d you mind the govt listening to your calls, read your letters and follow you with credit cards?

I bet most will say no way but sadly some idiots on our side are falling for the talking points and repeating the same line like traitor


25 posted on 06/11/2013 11:35:20 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: manc

RE: how abut d you mind the govt listening to your calls, read your letters and follow you with credit cards?

I’m sure the vast majority will say NO.

However, according to the NSA they don’t listen to the content of your calls, they just record what number you called, where the call went, when you called and how long the conversations was.


26 posted on 06/11/2013 11:56:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Red Steel

the post poll says “tracking”

the rasmussen poll says “spying”

more people are opposed to spying than tracking.


27 posted on 06/11/2013 12:34:41 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: Red Steel

LIKELY VOTERS VS chitown democrats and san fruitcisco gaylords in the P-U poll!

LLS


28 posted on 06/11/2013 1:23:44 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SeekAndFind

yea like I ever trust this administration , hopefully more wake up and understand that this Govt is out of control and have no intention of stopping muslim terrorists but would rather spy on us


29 posted on 06/11/2013 3:01:30 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Red Steel

Glad to see this poll. I was disheartened about that last Pew/WaPo poll.


30 posted on 06/11/2013 5:06:19 PM PDT by BAW ( Obama's NSA.is reading this.)
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