Poll shows “Massive Swing” In Public View Of Terror/Liberty Trade Off
Majority of Americans see Snowden as hero, despite relentless government and media attacks
July 10, 2013
A new scientific poll out this week finds that former NSA leaker Edward Snowden is viewed by the majority of Americans in a positive light as a whistleblower, and not a “traitor”, as the mainstream media and government officials would have it.
The poll from Quinnipiac, also reveals that a plurality of registered voters believe that government anti-terrorism programs have gone too far in stripping away liberties.
When given the two options, 55% of poll respondents said that they believed Snowden to be a “whistleblower”, while only 34% see him as a “traitor.”
The terms were used as an acknowledgement of the media talking point that has been repeated again and again since Snowden fled the US to Moscow, from where he is still seeking political asylum.
The poll found that the description of Snowden as a whistle-blower and not a traitor was the majority opinion in practically every demographic of voter, regardless of party, gender, income, education or age.
Only amongst black voters did more people say they thought Snowden to be a traitor, with the margin at 43% to 42%.
“The verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation’s political establishment,” commented Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute.