New Poll Highlights Divide in GOP Over NSA Metadata Collection

Credit: PewCredit: PewA new poll by Pew and USA Today shows that 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the NSA’s collection of Internet and phone metadata. The poll also found that a clear majority of respondents who said that they had heard “a lot” or a “a little” about President Obama’s NSA reforms do not think that the changes will make any difference to privacy protections or how difficult it is to fight terrorism.

Disapproval of the NSA’s collection of Internet and phone metadata has increased among all of the demographic groups measured in the poll. No matter the age, sex, educational level, race, or political affiliation, all have increased their disapproval of the NSA’s metadata collection program since June 2013.

The NSA's controversial collection of Internet and phone metadata has more support today, as it did in June 2013, among Democrats than among Republicans or Independents. This month, 46 percent of Democrats approve of the metadata collection program, while only 37 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Independents do. However, Democrats have shifted their opinion more than Republicans and Independents between June 2013 and this month. While approval of NSA metadata collection fell by 8 and 4 percent among Republicans and Independents respectively, among Democrats approval dropped 12 percent.

Chart from Pew below:

Credit: PewCredit: Pew

Although more than half of Republicans may disapprove of the NSA’s metadata collection, Pew notes that there is a divide within the GOP on the issue:

There continues to be a substantial divide within the Republican base: Republicans and Republican leaners who agree with the Tea Party are overwhelmingly opposed to the NSA program, while those who do not identify with the Tea Party are more divided.

This difference within the GOP is perhaps best highlighted by the differences between Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), one of the NSA’s staunchest defenders, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is leading a suit against the NSA over its surveillance activities.



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  • Pelosi's Rabbit||

    I am curious to see what happens to that R/D split once the occupant of the White House has a different letter after his name.

  • John Thacker||

    Well, Pew had some numbers in a previous version of the poll that compared it to similar NSA program questions under Bush.

    You'll be shocked to learn that Rs were way more supportive, Ds way more against it when Bush was in charge.

  • eyeroller||

    I guess you could say, at least the non-tea-partiers are consistent.

  • MoreFreedom||

    Reading the poll, it appears that the Tea Party is the consistent group: they were always against it and changed less than other groups over time. In the meantime support from Democrats has dropped (showing inconsistency) more than others.

    Will Democrats realize, if they approve of this power for Obama, it will be used against them by a conservative like Christie? We see some progresss on their part, but half of them support this clear violation of the constitution.

    Apparently a lot of liberals/Democrats/progressives think we have angels in government who'd never use blackmail against their political opponents. Personally,

    I think Obama has already used the NSA data to blackmail Christie, Brewer, Roberts, and others. How would we know anyway, except by conservatives not acting conservative (something we see all the time from the RINOs anyway)?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    It will be interesting to see. I suspect not much will change within the Tea Party-influenced Rs, but that the "mainstream" Rs move more towards support of the program.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Which is why I am so glad Romney lost.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Ditto.

  • Almanian!||

    They had our shitstain Congressturd Mike Rogers (R-idiculous, MI) on the radio this AM blathering about how necessary the NSA was, and how only a "small" part of the data The Terrorist Edward Snowden....."acquired"....was relevant to "Spying". The rest of it was all really relevant stuff that could put ou r operatives in danger and ZOMFG! the NSA is SO necessary and....

    What a lying. sack. of. SHIT. Fuck, he sucks.

    Also, Peter King (R-Fucktardia).

  • Dave Krueger||

    The NSA's controversial collection of Internet and phone metadata has more support today, as it did in June 2013, among Democrats than among Republicans or Independents.

    It's ok when our guy does it. I bet the numbers would be just the opposite if we had a republican president. Typical mindless party loyalty.

  • John Thacker||

    And Pew did that poll. Amazing the partisan shift.

  • Almanian!||

    Also, that chart looks like a sideways AiDS ribbon.

    No homo

  • ||

    Jesus fish?

    No christfag

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